Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora ballotella

Coleophora ballotella (Fischer von Röslerstamm, 1839)

Coleophora ballotella case

from Toll (1962a)


Dark brown composite leaf case of 10-12 mm; rear end laterally strongly compressed, curved downwards; mouth angle c. 60°.

host plants

Lamiaceae, oligophagous

Ballota nigra; Lamium amplexicaule; Leonurus; Marrubium peregrinum, vulgare; Stachys officinalis; Teucrium chamaedrys.


The larvae are full grown in June – July (Hering, 1957a).


not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Germany, Poland and the Baltic States to the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, and Greece; but also northern and southern Russia (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Baldizzone (1979a, 1983c), Beiger (1979a), Biesenbaum (2001b), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Buhr (1935a), Drăghia (1968b), Graf, Kaiser, Leutsch ao (2013a), Hering (1924a, 1932g, 1957a), Kasy (1965a), Klimesch (1958c), Patzak (1974a), Popescu-Gorj & Drăghia (1968a), Razowksi (1990), Stammer (2016a), Starý (1930a), Suire (1961a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a), Toll (1952a, 1962a), Vávra (2016a).

Last modified 28.i.2021