Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora cornutella

Coleophora cornutella Herrich-Schäffer, 1861

on Betula, Myrica

Coleophora cornutella case

from Toll (1952a)

Coleophora cornutella: case on Betula pendula

Betula pendula, Amersfoort, lg den Treek-Henschoten, 7.x.2019 © Ben van As

Coleophora cornutella: case

Myrica gale, Belgium, prov. Antwerp, Mol © Carina Van Steenwinkel

Coleophora cornutella: larva protruding


Coleophora cornutella: mines on Myrica gale


Coleophora cornutella: cases on Betula pubescens

Betula pubescens, Belgium, prov. Antwerp, Mol © Carina Van Steenwinkel

Coleophora cornutella: cases on Betula pubescens

young case: the hairyness of the plant creates special problems


Bivalved lobe case. The front end is very broad, the rear end strongly narrowed and strongly curved downwards. Length 7-7.5 mm, mouth angle c. 30°. Most cases at the underside of the leaf (Carina Van Steenwinkel, in litt., Kolbeck ao)

host plants

Betulaceae, narrowly polyphagous

Betula pubescens; Myrica gale.


Larvae from September till May.


BE recorded (De Prins, 1984a; Phegea, 2009).

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

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Fennoscandia to the Pyrenees and Alps. and from France to Romania (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Coleophora cornuta Heinemann & Wocke, 1876.


Baldizzone & van der Wolf (2000a), Baldizzone, van der Wolf & Landry (2006a), Hering (1927b, 1957a), Huisman, Kuchlein, van Nieukerken ao (1986a), Kolbeck, Lichtmannecker & Pröse (2005a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Langohr (1984a), Leutsch (2002a), Marek & Krampl (1990a), Nel (1992c), van Nieukerken, Gielis, Huisman ao (1993a), De Prins (1984a), De Prins, Steeman & Sierens (2015a), Razowski (1990a), Rössler (1881), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Starý (1930a), Suire (1961a), Svensson (2009a), Szőcs (1977a), Toll (1952a, 1962a).

Last modified 27.ix.2021