Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora ibipennella

Coleophora ibipennella Zeller, 1849

forest case-bearer

Coleophora ibipennella case

Quercus robur, Overveen


The full grown larva in a black pistol case of 7 mm long. The mouth angle is c. 80°. From the rear end a grey silken cloak (“pallium”) hangs down to almost halfway the mouth.


Fagaceae, monophagous (?)

Quercus pubescens, robur.

Hering (1957a) and others write that the species may also live, albeit rarely, on Betula; this is doubted by Emmet ao (1996a). Zoerner (1971a) found cases on seedlings of Fagus sylvatica; Drăghia (1972a) mentions Pyrus as a host. Probably these cases refer to stray larvae, trying to find a hibernation spot.


Larvae are full grown in early June (Emmet ao, 1996a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2009).

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Scandinavia to the Mediterranean, and from Britain to South Russia (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Coleophora nemorum Heinemann, 1954; C. ardeaepennella Scott, 1861; “ardeipennella” (misspelling); C. quercivorella Capuse, 1971.


Toll (1952a, 1962a) shows a mouth angle of 45°; geographical variation?


Baldizzone (1979a, 1987b, 1990b, 2020a), Baldizzone, van der Wolf & Landry (2006a), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Buhr (1936a, 1964a), Drăghia (1972a), Emmet ao (1996a), Hering (1934a, 1957a), Huemer (2012a), Huemer & Erlebach (2003a), Ivinskis & Savenkov (1991a), Klimesch (1942a, 1950c), Kollár & Hrubík (2009a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Leutsch (2011a), Nel (1992b), Patzak (1974a), De Prins (2010a), De Prins & Steeman (2011a), Razowski (1990a), Robbins (1991a), Schütze (1931a), Sefrová (2005a), Suire (1961a), Sønderup (1949a), Stammer (2016a), Szőcs (1977a, 1988a), Toll (1952a, 1962a), Zoerner (1971a).

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