Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora juncicolella

Coleophora juncicolella Stainton, 1851

least case-bearer

Coleophora juncicolella case

from Toll (1962a)

Coleophora juncicolella

Calluna vulgaris, Bergen aan Zee © John van Roosmalen

Coleophora juncicolella case

Calluna vulgaris, Belgium, Antwerpen, Berendrecht; leg. Guido De Prins, © Chris Snyers


Very small (c. 4 mm) light brown lobe case with a mouth angle of about 40°. The case is composed of 8-10 small leaf fragments, placed in herringbone manner, giving the case the appearance of a small browned ling branchlet.


Ericaceae, oligophagous

Calluna vulgaris; Erica cinerea.


Full grown larvae in March – May (Emmet ao, 1996a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Fennoscandia to the Mediterranean, and from Ireland to Poland and Hungary (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Described by Suire (1961a).

parasitoids, predators

? Hyssopus olivaceus.


Can only be found by sweeping, and then leaving the stuff in the bottom of the net alone for half an hour.


Baldizzone (1983c, 1984a), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Buhr (1935a), Emmet, Langmaid, Bland ao (1996a), Hering (1957a), Ivinskis & Savenkov (1991a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Michaelis (1983a), Nel (1992b), Patzak (1974a), De Prins (1998a), Razowski (1990a), Robbins (1991a), Sønderup (1949a), Steeman & Sierens (2018a), Suire (1961a), Szőcs (1977a), Toll (1952a, 1962a), Wegner (2010a).

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