Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora colutella

Coleophora colutella Fabricius (1794)

Coleophora colutella case

from Toll (1962a)


Lobe case; anterior 2/3 with widely expanding leaf fragments, rear, oldest 1/3 without, and at the same time very strongly curved downwards. Immediately behind the mouth a number of much smaller, circular, leaf fragments. Mouth angle 45°.

host plants

Fabaceae, oligophagous

Anthyllis; Astragalus danicus, glycyphyllos; Colutea arborescens; Coronilla vaginalis; Cytisus scoparius; Genista; Hippocrepis comosa, emerus & subsp. emeroides; Laburnum; Lotus corniculatus, maritimus, pedunculatus; Oxytropis; Securigera varia; Vicia.


Larvae from autumn till in May (Hering, 1957a).


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

distribution within Europe

Entire Europe, except the British Islands (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Described by Suire (1961a).


Coleophora serenella Duponchel, 1843; C. crocinella Tengström, 1848.


Ahr (1966a), Baldizzone (1979a, 1983c, 1990b, 2004a), Beiger (1955a, 1960a), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Buhr (1930a, 1935a, 1964a, 1935a), Burmann (1992a), Chowaniec & Larysz (2024a), Chrétien (1927a), Corley, Maravalhas & Passos de Carvalho (2006a), Hartig (1939a), Hering (1921a, 1930b, 1932g, 1957a, 1967a), Huber (1969a), Huemer (2012a), Ivinskis & Savenkov (1991a), Kasy (1974a, 1983a), Klimesch (1950c), Kvičala (1938a), Leutsch (2002a), Lhomme (1934b), Maček (1999a), Nel (1992b,c), Nowakowski (1954a), Patzak (1974a), Razowski (1990a), Schmid (2019a), Skala (1951a), Sønderup (1949a), Stammer (2016a), Starý (1930a), Suire (1961a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a), Toll (1962a).

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