Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora onobrychiella

Coleophora onobrychiella Zeller, 1849

Coleophora onobrychiella case case

from Toll (1962a)


Straw-coloured lobe case of 8-10 mm, with ventrally long lobes, and a mouth angle of 55-60°. The shape of the case is exceptionally variable (Baldizzone, 1987b; Suire, 1961a). Although it is not visible in the illustration above, the mouth opening is shifted to the side of the case, causing the case to lie on its side on the leaf. Other species showing this condition are C. acrisella, congeriella, medelichensis and sisteronica.

host plants

Fabaceae, monophagous

Astragalus arenarius, hamosus, onobrychis, vesicarius; Genista tincoria; Hippocrepis comosa; Onobrychis saxatilis, supina, viciifolia.

Astragalus is the main hostplant; only Razowski (1990a) mentions Hippocrepis, and only Suire (1961a) cites Genista. Several authors write explicitely that the species does not live onOnobrychis!


Larvae from autumn till following June.


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

distribution within Europe

From Sweden to the Pyrenees, Italy, and Greece, and from France to Romania (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Described by Chrétien (1927a) and Suire (1961a).


Coleophora arenariella Zeller, 1865. The case illustrated by Toll (1962a: 232) as C. onobrychiella does not belong to that species.


Baldizzone (1979a, 1987b), Baldizzone, Tokár, Z & S Kovács (2004a), Burmann (1992a), Chrétien (1927a), Fazekas & Schreurs (2010a), Hering (1957a, 1963a), Huemer (2012a), Ivinskis & Savenkov (1991a), Kasy (1965a, 1983a), Klimesch (1958c), Nel (1992c), Patzak (1974a), Razowski (1990a), Suire (1961a), Šumpich (2017a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a), Toll (1962a).

Last modified 22.ii.2023