Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora spumosella

Coleophora spumosella Staudinger, 1859

Coleophora spumosella case

Dorycnium pentaphyllum, Spain, Almeria, El Marchal de Enix; © Pete & Ginny Clarke

Coleophora spumosella case

same case, now with the pallium shifted aside, showing the silken case

Coleophora spumosella case

from Toll (1962a)


Black pistol case with a large transparent-white pallium that leaves a small part of the case uncovered. Mouth angle about 45°.

host plants

Fabaceae, oligophagous

Astragalus; Dorycnium pentaphyllum; Lotus creticus; Medicago; Ononis.


Larvae from autumn till the following April.


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

distribution within Europe

Disjunct distribution: at the one hand France, Switzerland, Spain, Italy and Croatia, at the other hand southern Russia (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Described by Suire (19861a)


The case in the pictures above was initially considered C. vicinella, but later was identified by Jukka Tabell as spumosella; “the case of spumosella is darker”.


Baldizzone (1979a, 2020a), Chrétien (1900a), Corley, Rosete, Romão ao (2015a), Hering (1936b, 1957a), Huertas Dionisio (2002a, 2007a), Huertas Dionisio, Vázquez García & Sánchez Gullón (2013a), Nel (1992b,c), Suire (1961a), Toll (1962a).

Last modified 7.i.2023