Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora oriolella

Coleophora oriolella Zeller, 1849

on Dorycnium, Lotus, Securigera

Coleophora oriolella cases

cases of C. siliquella (top) and C. mongetella, both synonyms of oriolella; from Toll (1962a)


The larva feeds on the seeds, living in a case that is derived from an emptied pod.

host plants

Fabaceae, oligophagous

Coronilla; Dorycnium hirsutum, pentaphyllum & subsp. germanicum, rectum; Lotus; Securigera varia.


Larvae from autumn till May.


Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

From Germany and Poland to the Iberian Peninsula, Sardinia, Sicily, and Greece, and from France to South Russia (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


Chrétien (1900a) describes the larva of his mongetella as: almost globular, white, head and pronotum light brown. See also Nel (1994b).


Coleophora mongetella Chrétien, 1900; C. siliquella Constant, 1893.


While describing his oriolella, Zeller mistakenly associated the adult with a case of what was stated to resemble the one of the present C. colutella. The resulting confusion has been long lasting. It also occasioned the incorrect inclusion of this species, a seed eater, in Hering’s 1957 book. Only in 1977 Jaeckh & Baldizzone (1977a) discovered the solution.


Baldizzone (1978c, 1979a,c, 1983c, 1990b, 2020a), Baldizzone & Hartig (1978a), Baldizzone & Luquet (1981a), Baldizzone & van der Wolf (2000a), Baldizzone, van der Wolf & Landry (2006a), Biesenbaum (2011a), Chrétien (1900a), Hering (1957a), Jaeckh & Baldizzone (1977a), Kaltenbach & Roesler (1985a), Kasy (1983a), Nel (1991a, 1992b,c, 1994b), Patzak (1974b), Razowski (1990a), Suire (1961a), Šumpich & Liška (2018a), Szőcs (1977a), Toll (1952a).

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