Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora limoniella

Coleophora limoniella (Stainton, 1884)

silver-streaked case-bearer

on Limonium

Coleophora limoniella: traces on Limonium vulgare

Limonium vulgare, Belgium, prov. West Flanders, het Zwin © Stéphane Claerebout: feeding traces

Coleophora limoniella: case on Limonium vulgare

seed case on an old inflorescence

Coleophora limoniella: case on Limonium vulgare

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The egg is deposited on a flower. The larva eats the seeds of the developing fruit,
then makes its first seed case from the emptied fruit. Next it eats the seeds of number of fruits more, from time to time replacing its case by a larger one. Once fully fed the larva bores itself for the hibernation in a stem, of the host plant of some other plant nearby. The opening is closed with silk and the attached vacated case may remain at the stem for a long time.

host plants

Plumbaginaceae, monophagous

Limonium melitense, narbonense, vulgare.


Occupied cases from September till in November.


described by Emmet ao.


Goniodoma limoniella.


Baldizzone (1982e, 1983c, 1996a), Baldizzone, Bella & Russo (1999a), Baldizzone & van der Wolf (2000a), Emmet, Langmaid, Bland ao (1996a), Gielis, Huisman, Kuchlein ao (1985a), Huertas Dionisio (2002a, 2007a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ulenberg (2005a), Jansen & Asselbergs (1993a), Kaltenbach & Roesler (1985a), Rickert (2010a, 2011a), Roweck & Savenkov (2007a, 2010a), Sammut (2008a).

Last modified 28.xii.2022