Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora atriplicis

Coleophora atriplicis Meyrick, 1928

saltmarsh case-bearer

on halophilous Amaranthaceae

Coleophora atriplicis cases

from Toll (1952a)

Coleophara atriplicis: case on Saliornia europaea

Saliornia europaea, Belgium, prov. West Flanders, het Zwin © Stépane Claerebout

Coleophara atriplicis: feeding trace

feeding trace in old inflorescence


Greyish brown, trivalved, tubular silken case of 6.5-7 mm with a mouth angle of c. 20°. The case has indistinct length lines and is peppered with dark, granular, material.

host plants

Amaranthaceae, oligophagous

Atriplex littoralis; Halimione portulacoides; Salicornia; Suaeda maritina.


The larva is full grown in October, and does not feed any more after the hibernation.


BE recorded (Phegea, 2010).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2010).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

From Fennoscandia and North Russia to France, Poland and Romania, and from Ireland to the Ukraine (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


Described by Emmet (1996a).


Generally the larvae live on the ripening fruits, but occasionally one is found on the leaves.


Baldizzone, Tokár, Kovács & Kovács (2004a), Baldizzone & van der Wolf (2000a), Emmet, Langmaid, Bland ao (1996a), Gielis, Huisman, Kuchlein ao (1985a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ulenberg (2004a), Ivinskis & Savenkov (1991a), Jansen & Asselbergs (1993a), Kozlov & Kullberg (2006a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Landry ao (2013a), Patzak (1974a), De Prins (1998a), Rickert (2010a, 2011a), Suire (1961a), Toll (1952a), Wegner (2010a, 2013a).

Last modified 28.xii.2022