Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora nubivagella

Coleophora nubivagella Zeller, 1849

Coleophora nubivagella cases

youth cases, stages 1-3; from Toll (1962a).

Coleophora nubivagella case

Silene vulgaris; uit Toll (1962a)


The larva starts by making a corridor, that may even be branching, from which the first case is cut. The final case is a tubular silken case with a rough surface and 5-6 darker length lines; the mouth angle is c. 30°. Hering (1957a) gives 9-16 mm as the length of the case (using this character to distinguish the species from C. saponariella), but Suire (1961a) gives 6-7 mm.

host plants

polyphagous on low herbs, especially Caryophyllaceae

Anthyllis vulneraria & subsp. alpestris; Arenaria ciliata; Cerastium alpinum, arvense & subsp. glandulosum; Dianthus myrtinervius, plumarius, pyrenaicus; Dryas octopetala; Gypsophila repens; Minuartia austriaca, setacea; Primula auricula, minima; Saponaria ocymoides; Silene acaulis, pusilla, saxifraga, vulgaris.


Larvae from autumn till June (Hering, 1957a).


not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Germany and Poland to the Pyrenees, Italy, Macedonia and Romania (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Coleophora lineariella Zeller, 1849; C. fulvosquamella Herrich-Schäffer, 1855; C. prinziella Krone, 1913; C. sociella Müller-Rutz, 1920.


Baldizzone (1979a, 1982e, 1987b, 2004a, 2008a), Baldizzone & Nel (1992b), Baldizzone, van der Wolf & Landry (2006a), Hering (1942c, 1957a), Klimesch (1940c, 1949a, 1950c, 1951b, 1958c), Laštůvka & Laštůvka (2017a), Marek & Krampl (1990a), Nel (1992b), Patzak (1974a), Razowski (1990a), Schmid (2019a), Suire (1961a), Toll (1952a, 1962a).

Last modified 19.i.2023