Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora perplexella

Coleophora perplexella Toll, 1960

on grasses

Coleophora perplexella: case

case (from Baldizzone, 1916a)


almost straight tubular silken case, 8 mm long, tri-valved, with a mouth angle of 30°-45°. The oldest parts of the case are almost black, extension strips brown. The larva makes conspicuous white mines of 1.5 x 2-3 mm.


The larvae feed in the autumn, hibernate in their case, then continue feeding for some time in the spring. They pupate in their case.


Poaceae, oligophagous

Anisantha sterilis; Avena sativa; Hordeum murinum, vulgare.

distribution within Europe

France (Tautel & Nel, 2009a); Iberia (Fauna Europaea, 2014).


Coleophora perplexella: larva

larval sclerites (from Baldizzone, 2016a)


Baldizzone (2016a), Baldizzone, van der Wolf & Landry (2006a), Corley, Marabuto, Maravalhas ao (2008a), Haouas, Baldizzone, Hamdi ao (2019a), Nel (2010a), Tautel & Nel (2009a), Toll (1962a).

Last modified 3.ii.2020