Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora lineolea

Coleophora lineolea (Haworth, 1828)

woundwort case-bearer

Coleophora lineolea: young case

Stachys germanica, Belgium, prov. Namur, Gembloux, Hortus Botanicus: young case © Jean-Yves Baugnée

Coleophora lineolea:  mines on Stachys germanica


Coleophora lineolea larva in case

Stachys sylvatica, België, East Flanders, Maldegem © Guido De Prins.

Coleophora lineolea case

Stachys sylvatica, Duin- en Kruidberg

Coleophora lineolea case

from Toll (1952a)


Immediately after emergence the larva makes a full depth, quickly widening, corridor, with frass as small grains in a broad central band. Finally results a blotch of 2 x 5 mm, from which the youth case is cut (Buhr, 1964a). The fully developed case is a hairy, greyish brown to silver grey lobe case case of about 1 cm long, with a clearly laterally compressed end; the mouth angle is about 90°. The case is difficult to separate from the one of C. ochripennella.


Lamiaceae, oligophagous

Ballota nigra; Lamium; Marrubium vulgare; Phlomis; Stachys alopecuros, byzantina, germanica, officinalis, recta, sylvatica.


Larvae are full grown end May – end July (Emmet ao, 1996a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

Probably all of Europe, but not yet found in Ireland (Fauna Europaea, 2009).



Ahr (1966a), Baldizzone (1979a, 1983c, 2004a), Baldizzone, Tokár, Z & S Kovács (2004a), Beiger (1958a, 1960a, 1965a), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Buhr (1935a, 1937a, 1964a), Emmet Langmaid, Bland ao (1996a), Hering (1926b, 1957a), Huber (1969a), Huisman & Koster (1998a, 1999a, 2000a), Huisman, Koster, Muus & van Nieukerken (2013a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ulenberg (2004a), Ivinskis & Savenkov (1991a), Klimesch (1942c, 1950c), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Maček (1999a), Michaelis (1983a), Nel (1992b,c), van Nieukerken, Gielis, Huisman ao (1993a), Patzak (1974a), De Prins, Steeman & Sierens (2015a), Razowski (1990a), Robbins (1991a), Sønderup (1949a), Stolnicu (2008a), Suire (1961a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a), Toll (1952a, 1962a), Zimmermann & Skala (1946a).

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