Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora paripennella

Coleophora paripennella Zeller, 1839

dark thistle case-bearer

Coleophora paripennella case

from Toll (1962a)

Coleophora paripennella case

Centaurea scabiosa, Belgium, prov. Liège, Baelen: active larva at the underside of the leaf; © Jean-Yves Baugnée

Coleophora paripennella case


Coleophora paripennella case

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.

host plants

Asteraceae, oligophagous

Arctium; Arnica; Carduus; Carlina; Centaurea jacea, nervosa, nigra; Cirsium arvense, oleraceum; Saussurea; Serratula tinctoria; Solidago.

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 separated, 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), Corley, Marabuto, Maravalhas ao (2011a), Corley, Rosete, Marabuto ao (2014a), Emmet ao (1996a), Hering (1921b, 1942c, 1957a), Huemer & Wieser (2000a), Ivinskis & Savenkov (1991a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Lhomme (1934c), Michaelis (1983a), Patzak (1974a, 1978a), De Prins & Steeman (2013a, 2014a), De Prins, Steeman & Sierens (2016a), Razowski (1990a), Schmid (2019a), Sønderup (1949a), Starý (1930a), Steeman & Sierens (2019a), Szőcs (1977a), Toll (1962a).

Last modified 17.ii.2023