Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora gryphipennella

Coleophora gryphipennella (Hübner, 1796)

rose case-bearer

Coleophora gryphipennella: mines on Fragaria vesca

Fragaria vesca, Belgium, prov. Luxemburg, Durbuy, la vieille Briqueterie de Rome © Carina Van Steenwinkel, det. Camiel Doorenweerd, DNA

Coleophora gryphipennella: mines on Fragaria vesca


Coleophora gryphipennella: mines on Fragaria vesca


Coleophora gryphipennella mine

Rosa pimpinellifolia, Duin en Kruidberg

Coleophora gryphipennella case

Rosa rubiginosa, Duin en Kruidberg: case


The larvae, that hatch around the end of August make three cases during their lifetime. The final one, which they occupy after the hibernation, is a laterally flattened tubular leaf case with a dorsal toothed keel (remnant of the leaf margin from which the cases was excised). Mouth angle about 60°.

host plants

Rosaceae, oligophagous

Fragaria vesca; Rosa acicularis, arkansana, canina, glauca, pendulina, rubiginosa, serafinii, soulieana, spinosissima, tomentosa.

In the Netherlands R. spinosissima is the most important host plant. Hering (1957a) and Maček (1999a) additionally mention Rubus caesius and corylifolius as occasional host plants. That the species is able to complete its full development also on strawberry has been documented by van Roosmalen & Doorenweerd for the the Dutch dunes and southern Belgium.


Larvae are full grown in mid May (Emmet, Langmaid, Bland ao, 1996a).


BE recorded (De Prins, 1998a).

NE recorded (Kuchein & de Vos,1999a;, 2008).

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2008).

distribution within Europe

From Scandinavia and Finland to the Iberian Peninsula and Italy, and from Ireland to the Black Sea (Fauna Europaea, 2008).



Arbeitsgemeinschaft Microlepidoptera Bayern (2017a), Baldizzone (1979a, 2004a, 2020a), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Buhr (1936a), Corley, Marabuto & Pires (2007a), Emmet, Langmaid, Bland ao (1996a), Hering (1924a, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Huemer (1988a), Ivinskis & Savenkov (1991a), Kasy (1983a, 1987a), Klimesch (1950c, 1958c, 1989a), Klimesch & Skala (1936a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein, Gielis, Huisman, ao (1988a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Laštůvka & Laštůvka (2019a), Leutsch (2011a), Maček (1999a), Michaelis (1983a), Nel (1992b,c), Patzak (1974a, b), De Prins (2010a), De Prins & Steeman (2011a, 2013a), Razowski (1990a), Robbins (1991a), van Roosmalen & Doorenbos (2015a), Skala (1951a), Sønderup (1949a), Suire (1961a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a), Toll (1952a, 1962a), Zoerner (1969a).

Last modified 23.vii.2023