Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora serpylletorum

Coleophora serpylletorum Hering, 1889

cliff case-bearer

Coleophora serpylletorum case

from Toll (1962a)


Larvae in an untidy composite leaf case of c. 9 mm with a mouth angle of 90°.

The larva mines a leaf, usually at the top of a twig, completely out, often while attached to the leaf margin. When the leaf is emptied it is cut off and forms the newest addition to the case.

host plants

Lamiaceae, oligophagous

Origanum; Thymus, praecox, serpyllum.

The larvae refused to eat from Th. pulegioides, a species with larger leaves (Emmet ao, 1996a).


Larvae are full fed in June (Emmet ao, 1996a).


BE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2010).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

From Denmark and Latvia tot Spain, Sardinia, Italy, and Greece, and from Britain to Romania; also North Russia (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


See Emmet ao (1969a).


Baldizzone (1979a, 1983c, 2004a, 2020a), Baldizzone & Hartig (1978a), Baldizzone & Luquet (1981a), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Buhr (1937a), Corley, Merckx, Cardoso, Dale,Marabuto, Maravalhas & Pires (2012a), Emmet, Langmaid, Bland ao (1996a), Hering (1957a), Ivinskis & Savenkov (1991a), Kaltenbach & Roesler (1985a), Klimesch (1958c), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Michaelis (1983a), van Nieukerken, Gielis, Huisman ao (1993a), Patzak (1974a), Pröse (1995a), Razowski (1990a), Suire (1961a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a), Toll (1952a, 1962a), Wieser & Huemer (1999a).

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