Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora follicularis

Coleophora follicularis (Vallot, 1802)

agrimony case-bearer

Coleophora follicularis case

Eupatorium cannabinum, Hinderdam

Coleophora follicularis case

Inula helenium, Naaldwijk; © Jan Scheffers

Coleophora follicularis on Inula helenium, feeding pattern

feeding pattern


A slender tubular silken case, about 10 mm long, straw coloured, three valved. Mouth angle about 30°.

host plants

Asteraceae, oligophagous

Achillea clavennae, collina, erba-rotta subsp. moschata, millefolium; Anthemis; Carduus; Cirsium arvense; Eupatorium cannabinum; Inula britannica, conyzae, helenium, salicina; Leucanthemum vulgare; Pulicaria dysenterica; Tanacetum vulgare.

The references to Carduus and Cirsium are dubious, probably stemming from an incorrect or confused interpretation of “C. troglodytella” in the older literature.

Szőcs (1977a) reports occurrence in Hungary on Hieracium and Oenothera; certainly the latter seems a case of xenophagy.


Full grown cases in April-May (Emmet ao, 1996a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

NE recorded Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2009).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

Entire Europe (Fauna Europaea, 2009).



Coleophora troglodytella Duponchel, 1843; C. inulifoliae Benander, 1936.


Baldizzone (1979a, 1983c, 2004a, 2020a), Beiger (1960a, 1979a), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Buhr (1930a, 1935a,b, 1937a), Buszko & Beshkov (2004a), Emmet ao (1996a), Graf, Jacobasch, Kaiser, ao (2007a), Hering (1926b, 1928a, 1930b, 1957a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ulenberg (2003a), Ivinskis & Savenkov (1991a), Klimesch (1951b), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Kvičala (1938a), Langmaid & Young (2009a), Maček (1999a), Michaelis (1983a), Mitterberger (1931a), Nel (1992b,c), Nowakowski (1954a), Patzak (1974a,b, 1978a), De Prins (2010a), De Prins & Steeman (2012a), Robbins (1991), Schmid (2019a), Schmitz (1998a), Skala (1951a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), Steeman & Sierens (2018a), Surányi (1942a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a), Triberti, Longo Turri, Adami & Zanetti (2017a).

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