Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora cytisanthi

Coleophora cytisanthi Baldizzone, 1978

on Genista

Coleophora cytisanthi: case

case, dorsal (top) and ventral (from Baldizzone, 1978d).


The larva mines the bark of the twigs. It lives in a case made out a fragment of twig that has been cut off over 8-9 mm. The mouth opening is made in the side, just below the end of the case, obviously resulting in a mouth angle of 0°. The colour of the case changes from yellowish green to straw coloured.


Fabaceae, monophagous

Genista radiata.


distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2018).


Coleophora cytisanthi: larva

from Baldizzone (1978d)


Baldizzone (1978d, 2009a), Baldizzone, van der Wolf & Landry (2006a).

Last modified 22.ii.2018