Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora chalcogrammella

Coleophora chalcogrammella Zeller, 1839

pointed case-bearer

Coleophora chalcogrammella case

from Toll (1962a)


In autumn the larva makes a short corridor, that widens into a small blotch, out of which the first case is cut. The final case, after hibernation, is a brown, tubular silken case, three-valved, c. 6 cm long, with a mouth angle of about 30°.

host plants

Caryophyllaceae, narrowly monophagous

Arenaria serpyllifolia; Cerastium arvense; Moehringia trinervia; Stellaria graminea, holostea.

The main hostplant is Cerastium arvense.


Full-grown cases in May (Emmet ao, 1996a).


BE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2009).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Sweden and northern Russia to the Pyrenees and Alps, and from Britain to Romania (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Described by Emmet ao (199a).


Buhr (1935b), Emmet, Langmaid, Bland ao (1996a), Hering (1957a), Huisman & Koster (1999a), Klimesch (1958c), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Michalska (1976a), van Nieukerken, Gielis, Huisman ao (1993a), Patzak (1974a), De Prins (1998a), Pröse (1995a), Razowski (1990a), Schütze (1931a), Segerer, Neumayr, Pröse & Kolbeck (1994a), Szőcs (1977a), Toll (1952a, 1962a).

Last modified 22.ii.2023