Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora inulae

Coleophora inulae Wocke, 1877

fleabane case-bearer

Coleophora inulae case

from Toll (1962a)


Larva in a slender tubular silken case. The case is about 15 mm long, yellow-grey, and trivalved. The mouth angle is about 0°-10°, causing the case to lie flat on the leaf.

host plants

Asteraceae, oligophagous

Dittrichia viscosa; Eupatorium cannabinum; Inula conyzae; Pulicaria dysenterica.


Larval development takes two years. They are full fed either in autumn of the second year or spring of the third year (Emmet ao, 1996a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

NE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Finland to the Pyrenees, Italy, and Bulgaria, and from Britain to southern Russia (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Pronotum brownish black.


In Emmet ao (1996a:135) the pronotum is described as pale brown but on page 290 it is said to be blackish brown, which eliminates a possible distinguishing character against C. follicularis.


Amsel & Hering (1933a), Baldizzone (2020a), Baldizzone, Tokár, Z & S Kovács (2004a), Emmet ao (1996a), Hering (1957a), Maček (1999a), Michaelis (1983a), Nel (1992b), Razowski (1990a), Robbins (1991a), Suire (1961a), Szőcs (1977a), Toll (1962a, 1962a).

Last modified 7.i.2023