Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora solitariella

Coleophora solitariella Zeller, 1849

ochreous case-bearer

Coleophora solitariella case

Stellaria holostea, Loon op Zand

Coleophora solitariella

same case, dorsal view

Coleophora solitariella case

Stellaria holostea, België, BR, Rosières: case, ventral view. It can be seen nicely how the larve widens the case here by intercalation of strips of silk. © Jean-Yves Baugnée


Full grown larva in a slender greyish white three-valved tubular silken case of c. 8 mm; mouth angle about 45°. Often several cases together on a small number of plants.

host plants

Caryophyllaceae, oligophagous

Arenaria serpyllifolia; Cerastium arvense, glomeratum; Myosoton aquaticum; Stellaria alsine, holostea, media, nemorum.

Stellaria holostea is the primary host plant. Associated by Hering (1957a) also with Silene.


Full grown cases in May (Emmet ao, 1996a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Fennoscandia to the Pyrenees, Italy, and Romania, and from Britain to southern Russia (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Described by Emmet,ao, (1996a).


Baldizzone, Tokár, Z & S Kovács (2004a), Baldizzone & van der Wolf (2000a), Beiger (1960a, 1970a), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Buhr (1937a), Hering (1957a), Ivinskis & Savenkov (1991a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein, Gielis, Huisman, ao (1988a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Michalska (1972a, 1976a), Nowakowski (1954a), Patzak (1974a), De Prins (2010a), De Prins & Steeman (2011a), Razowski (1990a), Robbins (1991a), Schütze (1931a), Sønderup (1949a), Starý (1930a), Stolnicu (2007a), Surányi (1942a), Szőcs (1977a), Toll (1952a, 1962a), Vávra (2016a), van der Wolf (2010b).

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