Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora galbulipennella

Coleophora galbulipennella Zeller, 1838

kent case-bearer

Coleophora galbulipennella case

from Toll (1962a)


Trivalved tubular silken case of c. 12 mm long. Mouth angle c. 40°. The case is yellowish white, with several characteristic dark length lines.

The mines that are made by the older larvae are quite conspicuous, because often entire leaves, and not unfrequently all leaves of a plant, are mined out (Parsons, 1993a).

host plants

Caryophyllaceae, oligophagous

Arenaria grandiflora; Cerastium arvense; Silene bupleuroides, italica, nutans, otites, viscaria.


Full grown larvae in June – July. During autumn the feed on the ripening seeds; after the winter they make fleck mines in the ground leaves (Emmet ao, 1996a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2010).

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

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

From Sweden to Spain, Italy, and Greece, and from Britain to South Russia (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


See Suire (1961a) and Emmet ao (1996a).


Coleophora otitae Zeller, 1839.


Baldizzone (1979a, 1983c, 1984a, 2004a), Beiger (1955a), Bentley (2008a), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Buhr (1937a), Corley, Marabuto, Maravalhas ao (2009a), Corley, Rosete, Gonçalves ao (2018a), Emmet, Langmaid, Bland ao (1996a), Haslberger, Lichtmannecker, Heindel ao (2014a), Heckford & Beavan (2022a), Hering (1957a), Huemer (2012a), Huemer & Erlebach (2003a), Huisman, Kuchlein, van Nieukerken ao (1986a), Ivinskis & Savenkov (1991a), Kasy (1979a), Klimesch (1958c), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Kvičala (1938a), Leutsch (2002a), Nel (1992b), van Nieukerken, Gielis, Huisman ao (1993a), Nowakowski (1954a), Parsons (1993a), Patzak (1974a), De Prins (1998a), Razowski (1990a), Schütze (1931a), Skala (1951a), Starý (1930a), Sterling (1989a), Suire (1961a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a), Thomann (1956a), Toll (1952a, 1962a), Vávra (2016a), Wullaert (2015a).

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