Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora dianthi

Coleophora dianthi Herrich-Schäffer, 1855

on Dianthus, etc.


Larvae in a light brown, “dusty” tubular silken case. The live, often several together, in the old inflorescences, feeding on the ripening seeds.

host plants

Caryophyllaceae, oligophagous

Dianthus arenarius, carthusianorum, caryophyllus, deltoides, lusitanus, scaber, superbus; Petrorhagia prolifera.

distribution within Europe

Almost entire Europe, missing in most of Scandinavia, the British Isles and the Benelux.


Baldizzone (1979a, 1983c, 2020a), Baldizzone & Hartig (1978a), Baldizzone & van der Wolf (2000a), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Corley (2005a), Corley, Maravalhas & Passos de Carvalho (2006a), Ivinskis & Savenkov (1991a), Kaltenbach & Roesler (1985a), Kasy (1965a), Nel (1992b,c), Schütze (1931a).

Last modified 7.i.2023