Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora onopordiella

Coleophora onopordiella Zeller, 1849

Lepidoptera, Coleophoridae

Coleophora onopordiella case

from Toll (1962a)


Laterally compressed, bivalved, composite leaf case. The case is made up out of a relatively large number of some 15 leaf fragments, that extend saw-like dorsally and ventrally. Mouth angle about 30°.


Strongly polyphagous

Arctium; Berteroa; Bromus; Erysimum; Marrubium vulgare; Onopordum; Salvia; Secale; Stachys officinalis; Xeranthemum.

References to Stachys probably concern C. wockeella; the cases are quite similar (Nel & Buvat, 1992a).

distribution within Europe

France, Italy, and from Poland to Greece and Thrace (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Hering (1957a: 110) writes onopordinis, but this is a simple writing error, as is evident from the index.


Baldizzone (1983c), Baran (200a), Hering (1957a), Nel (1992b), Nel & Buvat (1992a), Razowski (1990a), Szőcs (1977a), Toll (1962a).


Last modified 18.vii.2017