Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora squamella

Coleophora squamella Constant, 1885

Coleophora squamella case

from Toll (1962a)

"Coleophora paragenistae" case

The illustration of C. paragenistae in Kasy (1964a); case fixed to a stalk.


Laterally compressed, somewhat arched, composite leaf case of 5-6 mm, made of only a few, rather large leaf fragments.

The case of paragenistae measures about 5 mm, is very flat and broad because the leaf fragments are placed perpendicular to the long axis, more or less in one plane. Mouth angle c. 45°.

host plants

Fabaceae, oligophagous

Dorycnium pentaphyllum & subsp. germanicum; Lotus corniculatus, cytisoides, pedunculatus, tenuis.


Larvae from early in the summer till in spring; adults in autumn and late spring (Suire, 1961a); Hering (1957a) therefore thinks of two generations.

distribution within Europe

From Czechia to Sardinia and Italy, and from France to Romania (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


Described by Suire (1961a).


Coleophora paragenistae Kasy, 1964 (Baldizzone ao, 2006a).


The illustration of the case of paragenistae by Kasy and the one of squamella by Toll are widely different. (Two other available illustrations, by Hering (1957a) and Suire (1961a) agree well with the drawing by Toll.)


Baldizzone (1978c, 1979e, 1984a, 2007a, 2020A), Baldizzone, Tokár, Z & S Kovács (2004a), Baldizzone & van der Wolf (2000a), Baldizzone, van der Wolf & Landry (2006a), Hering (1957a), Kaltenbach & Roesler (1985a), Kasy (1964a, 1983a, 1985a, 1987a), Maček (1999a), Nel (1992c), Suire (1961a), Toll (1962a).

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