Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora riffelensis

Coleophora riffelensis Rebel, 1913

Coleophora riffelensis case

from Toll (1962a)


Trivalved tubular silken case of c. 10 mm long, with a mouth angle of 35-40°. The colour is light grey with indistinct length lines. Youth cases (in April) 1 mm long and entirely covered by sand grains.

host plants

Caryophyllaceae, monophagous

Dianthus arenarius, praecox subsp. lumnitzeri, serotinus.


Full grown cases in late June.


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

distribution within Europe

Strongly fragmented distribution between the Baltic States and Central Russia in the north, and the Iberian Peninsula and Macedonia in the south (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Coleophora eudoriella, Toll, 1952


About Dianthus lumnitzeri Glaser (1964a) writes that entire generations of cases can be seen among the felt when large clumps are torn open.


Baldizzone (1988b), Baldizzone & van der Wolf (2000a), Baldizzone, van der Wolf & Landry (2006a), Glaser (1964a), Ivinskis & Savenkov (1991a), Kasy (1983a).

Last modified 26.ii.2018