Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora arenicola

Coleophora arenicola Toll, 1952

Coleophora arenicola: case on Hedysarum coronarium

Hedysarum coronarium, Malta © Michael Zerafa


9 mm long, brown, lightly curved tubular silken case. The case is trivalved, the mouth angle ± 50°. Anteriorly two dorsal keels.


Fabaceae, monophagous

Hedysarum coronarium.

distribution within Europe

Malta (Zerafa).


the fully grown larva is a seed-feeder, but it cannot be excluded that the first stage larva, as yet undescribed, is a leafminer.


Zerafa (2015a).

Last modified 8.ii.2018