Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora meridionella

Coleophora meridionella Rebel, 1912

Coleophora meridionella case

from Klimesch (1942a)

Coleophora meridionella case

from Toll (1962a)

Coleophora meridionella: case

Silene saxifraga: exceptionally slender and long (17 mm) case; from Nel (1991d).


Tri-valved, spindle-shaped, tubular silken case of 11.5-13 mm and a mouth angle of 30°. The case has length lines of attached sand grains.

host plants

Caryophyllaceae, monophagous

Silene saxifraga, vulgaris.


Larvae found in May-June (Hering, 1957a; Klimesch, 1942a).

distribution within Europe

From Austria to Italy, and from France to Greece (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


Depicted and described by Baldizzone (1978a).


Baldizzone (1978a, 1983c, 2020a), Baldizzone van der Wolf & Landry (2006a), Hering (1957a), Klimesch (1942a, 1950c), Nel (1991d, 1992b), Toll (1962a), Wieser & Huemer (1999a).

Last modified 7.i.2023