Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora rectilineella

Coleophora rectilineella Fischer von Röslerstam, 1843

Lepidoptera, Coleophoridae

Coleophora rectilineella case

from Toll (1962a)

youth case

part of a Primula leaf with a youth mine, out of which the youth case has been cut; from Klimesch (1939c)


Youth case squat cigar-shaped, hairy. The adult case is bivalved, black, made of silk (“sheath case”). Behind the mouth some five transverse ridges. The case is thickest around the middle, clearly tapering towards the rear end. Length 13-15 mm; mouth angle c. 50°.


polyphagous on herbs

Alchemilla alpina; Anemone; Anthyllis vulneraria subsp. alpestris; Aster amellus; Centaurea jacea; Cerastium; Globularia cordifolia; Leucanthemopsis alpina; Leucanthemum; Primula elatior, farinosa; Ranunculus acris; Salix reticulata.

Primula seems the preferred hostplant.


Larvae from August till May.


Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From France and Italy to Romania (Fauna Europaea, 2009); markedly alpine species.


Described by Klimesch (1939c – very extensively) and Suire (1961a).


Baldizzone (1979a, 2004a, 2008a), Baldizzone, Tokár, Z & S Kovács (2004a), Baldizzone & van der Wolf (2000a), Hering (1957a), Huber (1969a), Klimesch (1939c, 1951b), Nel (1992c), Suire (1961a), Toll (1952a, 1962a).


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