Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora medelichensis

Coleophora medelichensis Krone, 1908

Coleophora medelichensis case

left and right side of the case, and case attached to the underside of the plant; from Klimesch (1938d)


Laterally compressed composite leaf case, made up of 4-6 mined leaflets; not narrowed posteriorly. Case 6-7 mm long. Mouth angle c. 45°; the mouth opening is shifted to the side, causing the leaf to lie flat on its broad side.

host plants

Fabaceae, monophagous

Dorycnium pentaphyllum subsp. germanicum + herbaceum.


Larvae from August to June in two overlapping generations; in one the larvae are full fed already before the hibernation, in the other the larvae continue feeding in spring (Hering, 1957a).

distribution within Europe

From Czechia to the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, and Crete, and from France to Romania (Fauna Europaea, 2010).



“The rarest of the three Dorycnium Coleophora species” (Klimesch, 1958c, Austria).


Baldizzone (1981a, 1983c, 1987b, 1990b, 2020a), Baldizzone, Tokár, Z & S Kovács (2004a), Hering (1957a), Kasy (1983a, 1985a), Klimesch (1938d, 1958c), Kvičala (1938a), Nel (1992b,c), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Suire (1961a), Szőcs (1977a).

Last modified 7.i.2023