Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora coronillae

Coleophora coronillae Zeller, 1849

on Securigera (etc.?)

Coleophora coronillae: case

case (from Patzak, 1974a)

Coleophora coronillae: cases on Securigera varia

Securigera varia, Belgium, prov. Limbourg, Dilsen-Stokkem, Negenoord-Kerkeweerd © Steve Wullaert

Coleophora coronillae: feeding trace on Securigera varia

feeding trace on a pod


Dull, two-valved tubular case; mouth angle about 45°.

host plants

Fabaceae, monophagous ?

Securigera varia.

Possibly also Astragalus glycyphyllos and Lathyrus (see note below).


BE see pictures above.

NE recorded (Kuchlein, 2012a;, 2009).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Germany to Italy and Bulgaria, and from Lithuania to the Iberian Peninsula; also southern Russia (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


In the literature before the publication by Patzak (1974a) mostly it is stated incorrectly that the larva would live in a lobe case. In any case the illustrations and descriptions by Hering (1957a), Toll (1962a) and Razowski (1990a) do not relate to coronillae; it is conceivable that they actually refer to C. oriolella. Faunistical and biological information about coronillae should be treated cautionary therefore. In particular, it remains to be seen of the species lives on other host plants than Securigera.

Baldizzone (2004a) describes the case as lightly coloured; the larva should live on the pods.


Baldizzone (1979a, 2004a), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Chrétien (1927a), Hering (1957a), Ivinskis & Savenkov (1991a), Kuchlein (2012a), Maček (1999a), Patzak (1974), Razowski (1990a), Suire (1961a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a), Toll (1952a, 1962a), Wullaert (2017a, 2018a).

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