Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora saturatella

Coleophora saturatella Stainton, 1850

broom case-bearer

Coleophora saturatella: case

Cytisus scoparius, Amersfoort © Hetty Soetekouw

Coleophora saturatella: case

another specimen

Coleophora saturatella: case on Genista tinctoria

Genista tinctoria, Belgium, prov. Namur, Seilles © Jean-Yves Baugnée


Very untidy, bivalved, lobe case of 7-8 mm. The mouth angle is 90°, causing the case to be perpendicular to the leaf.

host plants

Fabaceae, oligophagous

Cytisus scoparius; Lembotropis nigricans; Genista scorpius, tinctoria; Spartium junceum; Ulex europaeus.


The larvae are full grown around June (Emmet ea, 1996a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Sweden tot the Pyrenees, Alps, and Albania, and from Britain to Romania, and, widely disjunct, South Russia (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Described by Suire (1961a).


Coleophora bilineatella, marginatella: auctorum; C. tinctoriella Coverdale, 1885.


Beiger (1960a), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Buhr (1935b, 1937a), Corley, Rosete, Romão ao (2015a), Drăghia (1972a), Emmet, Langmaid, Bland ao (1996a), Hering (1924a, 1957a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ulenberg (2004a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Leutsch (2011a), Michaelis (1983a), Nel (1992c), Patzak (1974a), De Prins (1998a), Pröse (1995a), Razowski (1990a), Robbins (1991a), Sønderup (1949a), Suire (1961a), Szőcs (1977a), Toll (1952a, 1962a), Wieser & Huemer (1999a).

Last modified 10.i.2020