Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora hemerobiella

Coleophora hemerobiella (Scopoli, 1763)

black-stigma case-bearer

Coleophora hemerobiella: mines on Prunus padus

Prunus padus, Loon (dr), © Ben van As

Coleophora hemerobiella mine

Malus sylvestris, Belgium, prov. Namur, Hour © Jean-Yves Baugnée

Coleophora hemerobiella: case

Malus sylvestris, Duin- en Kruidberg

Coleophora hemerobiella: case

active larva

Coleophora hemerobiella: youth case

Sorbus aucuparia, Hilversum, Zwarte Berg: first case (picture made in May)

Coleophora hemerobiella: youth case on Sorbus aucuparia

Sorbus aucuparia, Belgium, prov. Antwerp, Brerendrecht, 23.iv.2014 © Guido De Prins

Coleophora hemerobiella youth case

Crataegus monogyna, Belgium, prov. Namur, Hour: youth case; © Jean-Yves Baugnée (May)


The lava lives from autumn till summer next year. In autumn a composite leaf case is made, shaped like the handle of a walking stick. Early in the following spring a tubular leaf case is made that in the end is rather large (10 mm) and is positioned vertically on the leaf (mouth angle 90°).

host plants

Rosaceae, oligophagous

Amelanchier; Chaenomeles; Cotoneaster bacillaris, integerrimus; Crataegus laevigata, monogyna Cydonia oblonga; Malus baccata, domestica, floribunda, fusca, ringo, sylvestris; Mespilus germanica; Prunus avium, cerasifera, cerasus, domestica, ppadus, serotina, spinosa; Pyrus astracanica, communis; Sorbus aria, aucuparia, intermedia; Spiraea x bumalda, x vanhouttei.


Full grown cases in end May – early June (Emmet ao, 1996a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2008).

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

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2008).

distribution within Europe

Entire western Europe, excluding Ireland and the Iberian Peninsula (Fauna Europaea, 2008).



Ahr (1966a), Baldizzone (1979a, 1983c, 1984a, 2020a), Baldizzone & scalercio (2018a), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Buhr (1935b, 1936a, 1937a), Corley, Rosete, Gonçalves ao (2018a), Drăghia (1968b), Edmunds (2004b), Emmet, Langmaid, Bland ao (1996a), van Frankenhuyzen & Houtman (1972a), Hering (1921a, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Huemer (1988a, 2012a), Ivinskis & Savenkov (1991a), Klimesch (1950c, 1958c), Kollár (2007a), Kollár & Hrubík (2009a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Maček (1999a), Meijer, Smit, Beukeboom & Schilthuizen (2012a), Nel (1992b,c), Patzak (1974a), De Prins (2010a), De Prins & Steeman (2011a, 2013a), Razowski (1999a), Robbins (1991a), Schütze (1931a), Sefrová (2005a), Skala (1951a), Sønderup (1949a), Stammer (2016a), Stolnicu (2007a), Suire (1961a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a), Toll (1952a, 1962a), Zoerner (1969a).

Last modified 7.i.2023