Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora bilineatella

Coleophora bilineatella Zeller, 1849

Coleophora bilineatella case

from Toll (1962a)


Very slender composite leaf case of 12-19 mm length, composed of 7-9 leaf fragments. Mouth angle c. 45°. The youth case is 2-3 mm long, laterally compressed, composed of epidermis, distally narrowed and curved.

host plants

Fabaceae, monophagous

Dorycnium hirsutum, pentaphyllum & subsp. germanicum + herbaceum.

Other host plants attributed in the literature to bilineatella probably refer to C. saturatella.


Larvae from June till April. According to Hering (1957a) the larvae do not feed after the hibernation, but Suire does not agree. In Austria the larvae are active until in october; they hibernate at the foot of the host plant.


Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

From Germany to the Iberian Peninsula, Sardinia, Italy, and Greece, and from France to Romania (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


Described by Suire (1961a).


Coleophora perserenella Rebel, 1919; C. joannisella Suire, 1930.

Probably all references to C. bilineatella prior to the studies by Baldizzone, ca. 1980, in fact refer to C. saturatella.


Baldizzone (1979a, 1986b, 1987b, 2020a), Baldizzone & Hartig (1978a), Baldizzone, Tokár, Z & S Kovács (2004a), Buszko & Beshkov (2004a), Cleve (1979a), Hering (1957a), Ivinskis & Savenkov (1991a), Kaltenbach & Roesler (1985a), Kasy (1983a, 1985a), Klimesch (1938c, 1942a, 1958c), Nel (1992b,c), Patzak (1974a,b), Suire (1961a), Šumpich & Liška (2018a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a), Toll (1962a).

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