Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora laricella

Coleophora laricella (Hübner, 1817)

larch case-bearer

on Larix

Coleophora laricella cases

Larix decidua, Maarn

Coleophora laricella case


Coleophora laricella: case on Larix sp.

Larix sp., Belgium, prov. Hainaut, Beloeil © Stéphane Claerebout: spring picture: the dark part of the case has hibernated, the light part is a recent extension

Coleophora laricella: case on Larix decidua

Larix decidua, Heerde, lg de Dellen © Hans Jonkman: another image from early spring

Larix decidua, Holterberg: egg


the first mine, underside

the same, lighted from behind

the first case, and the first fleck mine


Oviposition at the underside of a needle. At first the larva makes a small gallery, almost completely filled with frass. Soon the larva excises its case, in which it overwinters and continues feeding in spring. The way the case is enlarged is quite complex (see therefore Emmet ao, 1996a).

host plants

Pinaceae, oligophagous

Larix decidua, gmelinii, kaempferi, laricina, occidentalis, sibirica; Pseudotsuga menziesii.

Occurrence on Pseudotsuga is only incidental.


Larvae are full fed around end May (Emmet ao, 1996a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2010).

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

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

Form North Russia and Fennoscandia to the Pyrenees and Italy, and from Ireland to Romania (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


See Suire (1961a) and Emmet ao (1996a).


parasitoids, predators

Chrysocharis laricinellae; Cirrospilus pictus, salatis; Necremnus metalarus.


Common species, sometimes occurring in pest proportions (Perny, Weber ao).


Askew (1968a), Baldizzone (1979a, 1991b, 2004a, 2008a), Baldizzone, Tokár, Z & S Kovács (2004a), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Bouček (1959a), Buhr (1935b), Csóka (2003a), Deschka & Wimmer (2000a), Emmet, Langmaid, Bland ao (1996a), van Frankenhuyzen & Houtman (1972a), van Frankenhuyzen Houtman & Kabos (1982a), Freeman (1967a), Gebiola, Bernardo, Ribes & Gibson (2015a), Haase (1942a), Hartig (1939a), Hering (1957a), Huemer (2012a), Huisman & Koster (1996a), Ivinskis & Savenkov (1991a), Klimesch (1950c, 1989a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Kvičala (1938a), Laštůvka & Laštůvka (2020a), Maček (1999a), Matošević, Pernek, Dubravac & Barić (2009a), Michaelis (1983a), Nel (1992c), Patzak (1974a), Perny (2004a), De Prins, 1998a, 2010a), De Prins & Steeman (2013a), Razowski (1990a), Robbins (1991a), Schmid (2019a), Schütze (1931a), Sønderup (1949a), Starý (1930a), Suire (1961a), Szőcs (1977a), Thomann (1956a), Toll (1952a, 1962a), Weber, Wolf, Zeitler & Petercord (2012a), Zoerner (1970a).

Last modified 18.i.2023