Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora auroguttella

Coleophora auroguttella (Fischer von Röslerstamm, 1841)

on Atriplex


The young larvae eats the contents of a developing fruit, next makes its first case out of the bracteoles of the female flower, that in this plant genus are fused to form a pair fruit valves (often incorrectly addressed as “carpels”). This first case often remains attached to the subsequently formed seed case [not described]. In November the fully fed larva descends to the base of the plant and bores into the stem (sometimes in other suitable material), and pupates there in the spring (Căpuşe).


Amaranthaceae, monophagous

Atriplex halimus, laciniata, patula, prostrata.



Goniodoma auroguttella.


Baldizzone (1979a, 1990b), Căpuşe (1970a), Huertas Dionisio (2002a, 2007a), Kasy (1965a).

Last modified 4.iii.2018