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).


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).

Last modified 29.x.2021