Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora boreella

Coleophora boreella Benander, 1939

on Sagina

Coleophora boreella: case

case (from Itämies, Mutanen & Wikström)


Trivalved tubular silken case of 4.4 – 5.8 mm with a mouth angle of 35 – 45°. The case has a few vague length lines; its surface is roughened by sand grains of varying size that are spun to it, and fragments of epidermis of mined leaves. The larva mines the leaves, but also feeds on the fruits.

host plants

Caryophyllaceae, monophagous

Sagina nodosa.


Larvae are full fed in August, September.


BE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

NE recorded Huisman ao (2009a).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

From Fennoscandia and North Russia to the Netherlands and Poland (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ellis (2009a), Itämies, Mutanen & Wikström (2002a).

Last modified 29.vii.2019