Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora artemisicolella

Coleophora artemisicolella Bruand d’Uzelle, 1855

mugwort case-bearer

Coleophora artemisicolella case

Artemisia vulgaris, Belgium, Ekeren near Antwerp © Guido De Prins

Coleophora artemisicolella case

from Toll (1962a)


Larva in a floret that has been eaten out, and strengthened with silk. Usually the larve live in the inflorescence and feed upon the developing fruits, but sometimes one strays to the leaves.

host plants

Asteraceae, monophagous

Artemisia caerulescens subsp. gallica, campestris, vulgaris.


The larvae are fully fed in September (Emmet ao, 1996a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2009).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Fennoscandia tot the Pyrenees, Italy, and Bulgaria, and from Britain to Central and South Russia (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Described by Suire (1961a).


Baldizzone (1990d), Biesenbaum (2001b), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Emmet ao (1996a), Fazekas & Schreurs (2010a), Ivinskis & Savenkov (1991a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Klimesch (1958c), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Leideritz (2003a), Leutsch (2011a), Michaelis (1983a), Nel (1992b), Patzak (1974a), De Prins, Steeman & Sierens (2016a), Razowski (1990a), Robbins (1991a), Steeman & Sierens (2019a), Suire (1961a), Toll (1952a, 1962a), Wullaert (2015a).

Last modified 17.vii.2021