Coleophora paripennella Zeller, 1839
dark thistle case-bearer
from Toll (1962a)
Centaurea scabiosa, Belgium, prov. Liège, Baelen: active larva at the underside of the leaf; © Jean-Yves Baugnée
case in lateral view
The full grown larva lives in a blackish brown trivalved tubular silken case of about 8 mm. The mouth angle is 0°-10°, causing the case to lay almost flat on the leaf.
According to Benander the species would also live on Scabiosa columbaria (Hering, 1957a).
Larvae are full-grown in end May – early June (Emmet ao, 1996a).
BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).
NE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).
LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).
distribution within Europe
Entire Europe, except the Iberian and Balkan Peninsula (Fauna Europaea, 2009).
Head and plates black. Body dull yellowish white; prothoracic plate large with median sulcus; mesothoracic plate consisting of four sclerites, the anterior pair dot-like and widely separared, the posterior pair subrtriangular and closely approximated; metathorax with two small, well-separated dorsal sclerites; thoracic segments with small lateral sclerites; an anal plate; four pairs of abdominal prolegs (Emmet ao, 1996a).
Coleophora aereipennis (Wocke, 1876).
The interpretation of this species has been severely confused in the past. Many authors have used the name paripennella for what is now C. violacea, while the real paripennella was addressed as alcyonipennella.
Baldizzone (1979a, 1984a, 2004a), Beiger (1958a), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Buhr (1935a), Burmann (1943a), Emmet ao (1996a), Hering (1921b, 1942c, 1957a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Lhomme (1934c), Michaelis (1983a), Patzak (1974a, 1978a), De Prins & Steeman (2013a), Razowski (1990a), Sønderup (1949a), Starý (1930a), Szőcs (1977a), Toll (1962a).