Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora lutipennella

Coleophora lutipennella (Zeller, 1838)

common oak case-bearer

Coleophora lutipennella

Quercus robur, Oostvoorne, youth case. The gall of Neuroterus albipes indicates the size of the case.

Coleophora lutipennella

detail; the case consists exclusively of silk


Light brown, trivalved, tubular silken case of c. 7 mm; mouth angle c. 45°. Immediately after eclosion the larva begins the construction of its case, that entirely consists of silk. The youth case, < 5 mm, is a pistol case (van Roosmalen & Doorenweerd).

host plants

Fagaceae, monophagous (?)

Castanea sativa; Quercus macranthera, petraea, pontica, pubescens, robur.

van Roosmalen & Doorenweerd found youth cases (but no full grown cases) on Fragaria vesca.


The larva is full fed early June (Emmet ao, 1996a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2010).

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

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

All Europe, except the Mediterranean islands (Fauna Europaea, 2010).



See C. flavipennella for a comparison. Both species are often confused, even nowadays.


Baldizzone (1979a, 1983c, 2004a, 2020a), Biesenbaum (2001b), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Buhr (1936a), Drăghia (1968b), Emmet, Langmaid, Bland ao (1996a), Goodey (1992a), Hering (1930b, 1934a, 1957a, 1963a), Huemer (2012a), Ivinskis & Savenkov (1991a), Kollár & Hrubík (2009a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Laštůvka & Laštůvka (2020a), Leutsch (2011a), Maček (1999a), Michaelis (1983a), Nel (1992b,c), Patzak (1974a, b), Pinzari, Pinzari & Zilli (2013a), De Prins (1998a), Razowski (1990a), Robbins (1991a), van Roosmalen & Doorenweerd (2015a), Schütze (1931a), Sefrová (2005a), Sønderup (1949a), Suire (1961a), Szőcs (1977a), Toll (1952a, 1962a), Tomov & Dimitrov (2007a) .

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