Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora ochrea

Coleophora ochrea (Haworth, 1828)

large buff case-bearer

Coleophora ochrea: case

Helianthemum nummularium, Belgium, prov. Namur, Nismes, Tiennne Chalaine © Stéphane Claerebout

Coleophora ochrea: mine


Coleophora ochrea case

from Toll (1952a)


A large, composite leaf case of 10-18 mm length, the fully developed case consisting the three successive leaf fragments. Case light brown, bivalved; mouth angle c. 45°. The larva makes mines, but also feeds on the developing seeds.

host plants

Cistaceae, oligophagous

Helianthemum apenninum, nummularium & subsp. obscurum; Tuberaria guttata.


Larvae from September to end-May of the following year (Emmet ao, 1996a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Sweden tot the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, and Crete, and from Britain to southern Russia (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Described by Suire (1961a).


Suire (1961a) gives the size of the case as 20-22 mm, and calls it the largest Eupista [Coleophora] known to him.

Youth cases can be confused with the cases of C. bilineella (Kasy, 1969a).


Baldizzone (1979a,b, 1983c, 1985d, 2004a, 2020a), Baldizzone & Luquet (1981a), Baldizzone & Nel (1992a), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Corley, Marabuto, Maravalhas, Pires & Cardoso (2008a), Emmet ao (1996a), Hering (1957a), Kasy (1969a, 1985a), Klimesch (1958c), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Nel (1992b,c), Patzak (1974a), De Prins (1998a), Razowski (1990a), Schmid (2019a), Segerer, Neumayr, Pröse & Kolbeck (1994a), Steeman & Sierens (2018a), Suire (1961a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a), Toll (1952a, 1962a), Vávra (2016a).

Last modified 22.ii.2023