Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora prunifoliae

Coleophora prunifoliae Doets, 1944

new sloe case-bearer

Coleophora prunifoliae case

from Toll (1952a)


Tubular leaf case, 6-7 mm long, light, later dark brown, trivalved, with a mouth angle of 45°. The larva lives at the underside of the leaf, and makes sizeable fleck mines there.

host plants

Rosaceae, oligophagous (?)

Betula; Cotoneaster franchetii; Crataegus; Cydonia oblonga; Malus domestica; Prunus armeniaca, avium, cerasus, domestica subsp. insititia, fruticosa, mahaleb, serrulata, spinosa; Pyracantha coccinea; Sorbus aria, aucuparia.

Prunus, in particular P. spinosa, clearly is the predominant hostplant. It has to be established in how far the other plants listed really belong to the normal pabulum of the species.


The larvae are full grown by end-May (Emmet ao, 1996a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2009).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Scandinavia to the Pyrenees, Italy, and Romania, and from Britain to South Russia (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


It is not possible to distinguish the cases of C. coracipennella, prunifoliae, serratella, and spinella; only breeding, and to a limited degree the hostplant, can bring about an identification.


Baldizzone (1979a, 2020a), Biesenbaum (2001b), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Buhr (1964a), Drăghia (1968b), Emmet (1984b), Emmet, Langmaid, Bland ao (1996a), Gielis, Huisman, Kuchlein, van Nieukerken, van der Wolf & Wolschrijn (1985a), Hering (1957a), Hubuer (1969a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ulenberg (2001a), Ivinskis & Savenkov (1991a), Klimesch (1957a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Langmaid (1991a), Leideritz (2003a), Maček (1999a), Nel (1992b), Patzak (1974a), Razowski (1990a), Stammer (2016a), Suire (1961a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a), Toll (1952a, 1962a), Wimmer (2004a).

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