Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora helichrysiella

Coleophora helichrysiella Krone, 1909

Coleophora helichrysiella: case

from Klimesch (1942a)


Two-valved, black silken case (“sheath case”), only lightly constricted behind the mouth opening. Ventrally a weak keel. Rear end narrowed, pointed, and lightly bent downwards. At the point of inflexion dorsally a pale spot. This is because the youth case is not made of silk but cut out of a leaf: the spot is the remnant of it. Mouth angle about 45°.

host plants

Asteraceae, monophagous

Helichrysum italicum, stoechas.


Full grown case in May (Hering, 1957a).


Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

Europe south of France – Macedonia – Romania (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Baldizzone (1981a, 1983c, 1990b), Baldizzone & Buvat (1983a), Baldizzone & scalercio (2018a), Baldizzone, Tokár, Kovács & Kovács (2004a), Hering (1957a, 1967a), Klimesch (1942a), Nel (1991a, 1992b,c), Toll (1962a).

Last modified 19.viii.2019