Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora pyrrhulipennella

Coleophora pyrrhulipennella Zeller, 1839

ling case-bearer

Coleophora pyrrhulipennella case

Erica tetralix, Belgium, prov. Liège, Lierneux, Fagne de la Crépale © Jean-Yves Baugnée

Coleophora pyrrhulipennella case

Calluna vulgaris, Belgium, Antwerpen, Berendrecht; © Guido De Prins

Coleophora pyrrhulipennella: feeding trace on Vaccinium vitis-idaea

Vaccinium vitis-idaea, Zeegser Duinen © Ben van As

Coleophora pyrrhulipennella: case on Vaccinium vitis-idaea

case and feeding traces

Coleophora pyrrhulipennella case

from Toll (1962a)


Shining black bivalved sheath case of c. 9 mm long with a mouth angle of c. 20°, and a distinct ventral keel.

host plants

Ericaceae, oligophagous

Calluna vulgaris; Erica arborea, australis, ciliaris, cinerea, manipuliflora, tetralix.

Very exceptional is an observation by Ben van As of two specimens on Vaccinium vitis-idaea (pictures above). On Erica arborea in the Mediterranean area lives the vicariating C. pulchripennella.


Larvae are full grown around mid-May (Emmet ea, 1996a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Fennoscandia to the Mediterranean, and from Ireland and Portugal to Romania and Crete (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


See Emmet ao (1996a), Suire (1961a).


The biology, youth case, and the remarkable adaptation to the leaf morphology of the hostplant is discussed by Feehan (1996a).


Baldizzone (1979a, 1983c), Baldizzone & Hartig (1978a), Baldizzone & Landry (2011a), Baldizzone, Tokár, Kovács & Kovács, (2004a), Biesenbaum, Leideritz & Seliger (2005a), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Buhr (1935a), Corley, Marabuto, Maravalhas ao (2011a), Emmet, Langmaid, Bland ao (1996), Feehan (1996a), Graf, Kaiser, Leutsch ao (2013a), Hering (1957a), Huertas Dionisio (2007a), Ivinskis & Savenkov (1991a), Kaltenbach & Roesler (1985a), Klimesch (1942a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Michaelis (1983a), Nel (1992b,c), Patzak (1974a), De Prins (1998a), De Prins & Steeman (2011a, 2013a), Razowski (1990a), Robbins (1991a), Sammut (2008a), Sønderup (1949a), Suire (1961a), Szőcs (1977a), Toll (1952a, 1962a).

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