Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora ditella

Coleophora ditella Zeller, 1849

Coleophora ditella case

from Toll (1962a)


Tubular, two-valved, black sheath case, somewhat narrowed behind the mouth. Ventrally a deep keel. Rear end narrowed, flattened. Length up to 10 mm. Mouth angle about 20°.

host plants

Asteraceae, oligophagous

Achillea millefolium; Artemisia alba, campestris, maritima, vulgaris; Galatella linosyris; Helichrysum; Tanacetum cinerariifolium.

Baldizzone (2004a) cites only Artemisia species as a host plant.


Larvae from September till June (Hering, 1957a).


BE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Germany to the Iberian Peninsula, Italy and Bulgaria (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Described by Suire (1961a).


C. roessleri Heinemann & Wocke, 1877.


See also Coleophora pseudoditella, with which this species has been confused for some time.


Baldizzone (1985d, 1987b, 2004a), Baldizzone & Luquet (1981a), Baldizzone & Nel (1993c), Baldizzone, Nel & Sutter (1992a), Baldizzone & van der Wolf (2000a), Biesenbaum (2001b, 2011a), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Hartig (1939a), Hering (1930b, 1957a, 1967a), Ivinskis & Savenkov (1991a), Kasy (1965a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Mitterberger (1931a), Nel (1992b,c), Razowski (1990a), Sønderup (1949a), Suire (1961a), Szőcs (1977a), Thomann (1956a), Toll (1952a, 1962a), Vávra (2016a).

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