Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora currucipennella

Coleophora currucipennella Zeller, 1839

scarce wood case-bearer

Coleophora currucipennella: case on Quercus

Quercus sp., België, prov Namen, Parc naturelle de Furfooz © Guido De Prins

Coleophora currucipennella case

Quercus rubra, Tilburg, de Kaaistoep © Paul van Wielink

Coleophora currucipennella case

Salix cinerea, Naardermeer

Coleophora currucipennella case

the “ear” from the side …

… and from above

Coleophora currucipennella: case on Quercus rour

Quercus robur, Belgium, prov, Namur, Doische, Matagne-la-Grande, RN Hurée © Stéphane Claerebout: case with characteristic skeleton feeding

Coleophora currucipennella: case and larva, dorsal view

case and larva, dorsal view


The full grown larva lives in a dull black pistol case of c 9 mm that, with a mouth angle of 80-90°, stands erect on the leaf. Characteristic is the presence of some ear-like flaps.

At least after the hibernation the larvae do not mine any more, but rather cause skeleton feeding.

host plants

Polyphagous on woody plants

Betula; Carpinus betulus; Corylus avellana; Fagus sylvatica; Malus; Prunus cerasus, spinosa; Pyrus communis; Quercus petraea, robur, rubra; Salix cinerea; Sorbus aucuparia.

It seems that the spectre of hostplants differs from one region to the other. Most authors mention Carpinus, Corylus, and Quercus, but Emmet ao (1969a) do not mention Corylus for Britain; but they do mention Salix, that among the continental authors is mentioned only by Schütze (1931a). For Suire (1961a) the primary host plant is Betula; no one else mentions that plant.


The larvae are full grown in early June (Emmet ao, 1996a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2010).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2010).

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

Almost all Europe, except Ireland, the Iberian Peninsula and the Mediterranean Islands (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


See Suire (1961a).


Baldizzone (1979a, 1985d, 1986b, 2004a), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Buhr (1935a, 1936a, 1937a), Burmann (1992a), Corley, Nunes, Rosete, ao (2020a), Dimic (1971a), Emmet, Langmaid, Bland ao (1996a), Graf, Kaiser, Leutsch ao (2013a), Hering (1934a, 1957a), Huemer (2012a), Huemer & Erlebach (2003a),Ivinskis & Savenkov (1991a), Kasy (1965a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Michna (1975a), Nel (1992c), Nowakowski (1954a), Patzak (1974a), De Prins (1998a), De Prins & Steeman (2013a, 2014a), Razowski (1990a), Robbins (1991a), Schütze (1931a), Sønderup (1949a), Stammer (2016a), Suire (1961a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a), Toll (1952a, 1962a), Vávra (2016a), van Wielink (2020a).

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