Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora asteris

Coleophora asteris Mühlig, 1864

sea-aster case-bearer

on Aster s.l.: Aster, Galatella, Tripolium


Larve in a dark brown, trivalved, 6 mm long, cigar-shaped silken case with a mouth angle of 80°-90°.Half hidden by the pappus they feed on the ripening fruits.

host plants

Asteraceae, narrowly oligophagous

Aster amellus; Galatella sedifolia; Tripolium pannonicum subsp. tripolium.


Larvae in September-October. Once full fed they leave the host plant for the winter diapause.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2018).


Baldizzone (1983c), Baldizzone, Tokár & Kovács (2004a), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Emmet, Langmaid, Bland ao (1996a), Gielis, Huisman, Kuchlein ao (1985a), Klimesch (1950c, 1958c), Nel (1992b), Pröse (1995a), Rickert (2010a, 2011a), Tuinstra (2021a), Wegner (2010a).

Last modified 13.ii.2021