Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora cartilaginella

Coleophora cartilaginella Christoph, 1872

Lepidoptera, Coleophoridae

Coleophora cartilaginella case

from Toll (1962a)


Straw-coloured pistol case, up to 16 mm long, with a pallium no longer than 1/4 – 1/5 of the case. Mouth angle 45°.

Astracantha echinus; Astragalus albicaulis, onobrychis, vesicarius; Medicago prostrata var. glandulifera; Ononis spinosa subsp. antiquorum.


Larvae from autumn till June the following year.


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

distribution within Europe

Disjunct distribution: at the one hand the Iberian Peninsula, at the other northern Russia, Hungary, Ukraine, Serbia, Macedonia (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Coleophora echinella Staudinger, 1879; C. medicagivora Toll, 1961.

Baldizzone ao (2004a) synomymize with this species also C. paraspumosella Toll, 1957; on the basis of the picture of the case of the latter species in Toll (1962a) this surprising: the pallium reaches here almost to the mouth.


Baldizzone & Nel (1993c), Baldizzone, Tokár, Z & S Kovács (2004a), Baldizzone & van der Wolf (2000a), Chrétien (1927a), Hering (1957a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a), Toll (1962a).


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