Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora obscenella

Coleophora obscenella Herrich-Schäffer, 1855

on Aster


The larva in a 5-6 mm long, trivalved, dark brown cylindrical silken case with a mouth angle of 40°-70°. The larvae feed upon the fruits. Emmet ao write that in the case fragments of the pappus are incorporated. It is not clear whether this applies to obscenella as well, but these fragments may be expected to erode anyway in the course of the winter.

host plants

Asteraceae, narrowly monophagous

Aster amellus.

distribution within Europe

Spain, France, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Italy, Poland, Russia.


the larvae of obscenella and virgaurea are clearly differ. In obscenella the head is shining brown, the thoracic sclerites are not too strongly sclerotised.
Coleophora obscenella larva

from Baldizzone & Tabell (2002a)


The species has been synonymised for a long time with Coleophora virgaureae; this has been corrected by Baldizzone & Tabell (2002a).


Baldizzone & Tabell (2002a), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Deschka & Wimmer (2000a), Emmet, Langmaid, Bland ao (1996a), Huemer (2012a), Stark & Buchner (2016a).

Last modified 28.vii.2019