Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora genistae

Coleophora genistae Stainton, 1857

petty-whin case-bearer

Coleophora genistae case

Genista anglica, UK © Rob Edmunds

Coleophora genistae case

from Marek & Krampl (1990a)


Lobe case. Each lobe consists of a mined leaflet, that has been sliced open at one side. The lobes are attached alternatively dorsally and ventrally, resulting in a sharp dorsal and ventral keel. The complete case strongly resembles a grass spikelet, like of Bromus. Mouth angle 20-40°.

host plants

Fabaceae, monophagous

Genista anglica, lobelii, pilosa, tinctoria.


Larvae are full fed only around June (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 the Iberian Peninsula, Sardinia, Italy, and Greece, and from Britain to Romania (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


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


Baldizzone (1983c, 2007a), Baldizzone & Hartig (1978a), Baldizzone, Tokár, Z & S Kovács (2004a), Baldizzone & van der Wolf (2000a), Baldizzone, van der Wolf & Landry (2006a), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Bland (1986a), Corley, Rosete, Marabuto ao (2014a), Emmet, Langmaid, Bland ao (1996a), Hering (1957a), Kaltenbach & Roesler (1985a), Klimesch (1958c), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Marek & Krampl (1990a), Michaelis (1983a), van Nieukerken, Gielis, Huisman ao (1993a), Robbins (1991a), Roweck & Savenkov (2007a), Sønderup (1949a), Steeman & Sierens (2018a), Suire (1961a), Szőcs (1977a), Toll (1952a, 1962a), Wegner (2010a), Wullaert (2018a).

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