Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora milvipennis

Coleophora milvipennis Zeller, 1839

buff birch case-bearer

Coleophora milvipennis case

Betula pubescens, Lage Mierde


Spatulate leaf case. Strikingly slender, bivalved case, 8-11 mm long, with a slight curve at the rear end, that is keeled and often toothed. The end is laterally compressed. Mouth angle 45°. The fleck mines often are conspicuously brown.

host plants

narrowly polyphagous on woody plants

Alnus glutinosa, incana, viridis; Betula nana, pendula, pubescens; Carpinus betulus; Corylus avellana; Myrica gale; Ulmus.

In Britain found only on Birch and (rarely) Hornbeam (Emmet ao, 1996a).


Larvae can be found almost year-round (Emmet ao, 1996a).


BE recorded (De Prins, 2003a).

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

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

Entire Europe (Fauna Europaea, 2009).



Ahr (1966a), Bachmaier (1965a), Baldizzone (2004a, 2020a), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Bland (1986a), Buhr (1964a), Dimic (1971a), Emmet (1980b), Emmet, Langmaid, Bland ao (1996a), Hering (1927b, 1957a), Huemer (2012a), Huemer & Mayr (2000a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ellis (2007a), Ivinskis & Savenkov (1991a), Kaltenbach & Roesler (1985a), Kasy (1987a), Klimesch (1950c), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Maček (1999a), Michaelis (1983a), Michna (1975a), Patzak (1974a), De Prins (2003a, 2010a), De Prins & Steeman (2011a), Razowski (1990a), Robbins (1991a), van Roosmalen, Wijker & Knijnsberg (2013a), Schütze (1931a), Sefrová (2005a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), Stammer (2016a), Szőcs (1977a), Toll (1952a, 1962a), Viramo (1962a), van Wielink (2020a), Zoerner (1969a, 1070a).

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