Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora conspicuella

Coleophora conspicuella Zeller, 1849

knapweed case-bearer

Coleophora conspicuella: case on Centaurea scabiosa

Centaurea scabiosa, Belgium, prov. Luxembourg, Durbuy © Carina Van Steenwinkel

Coleophora conspicuella: case on Centaurea scabiosa

another specimen

Coleophora conspicuella case

from Toll (1952a)


A relatively large (12-15 mm), dark brown, lightly curved, somewhat compressed laterally, two-valved sheath case with a narrow ventral keel. Mouth angle 30-45.

host plants

Asteraceae, oligophagous

Aster amellus; Centaurea aspera, “brachycephalum”, jacea, nigra, pectinata, scabiosa; Cyanus montanus; Galatella cana, linosyris, sedifolia & subsp. biflora.

In Britain only on Centaurea nigra. The references to Scabiosa in Hering (1957a), and to Chrysanthemum in Emmet ea (1996a) were mistaken; a reference to Achillea by Patzak (1974a) goes back to a source that cannot be retraced.


Larvae are full grown in May (Emmet ea, 1996a).


BE recorded (Wullaert, 2015a).

NE extinct (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

Entire Europe, Ireland excepted (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Described by Suire (1961a).


Illustrated by Patočka (1997a).


Multicoloria conspicuella.


Baldizzone (1979a, 1985d, 1988b, 1990b, 2020a), Biesenbaum (2001b), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Budashkin & Savchuk (2010a), Emmet, Langmain, Bland ao (1996a), Gerstberger (2000a), Hering (1928a, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Ivinskis & Savenkov (1991a), Kasy (1965a), Klimesch (1958c), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Nel (1992b,c), Patočka (1997a), Patzak (1974a), Razowski (1990a), Segerer, Neumayr, Pröse & Kolbeck (1994a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), Stolnicu (2008a), Suire (1961a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a), Thomann (1956a), Toll (1952a, 1962a), Wullaert (2015a).

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