Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora sternipennella

Coleophora sternipennella (Zetterstedt, 1839)

speckled case-bearer

Coleophora sternipennella case

from Toll (1962a)


Tubular silken case, 6-8 mm long, with a mouth angle of 20-25°. The case is roughened by sand particles, greyish yellow, with vague length lines. According to Hering (1957a) the young larva makes a mine, from where a youth case is cut; after which some small fleck mines are made. After that the larvae lives in the inflorescence, feeding on the developing fruits.

host plants

Amaranthaceae, oligophagous

Atriplex; Chenopodium.


Larvae that make leaf mines in August (Hering, 1957a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2010).

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

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

All Europe, except Greece and the Mediterranean Islands (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


Coleophora flavaginella Lienig & Zeller, 1846.


The case cannot reliably be distinguished from the one of C. saxicolella.


Baldizzone (1979a, 1988b, 2004a), Baldizzone, Tokár, Z & S Kovács (2004a), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Emmet, Langmaid, Bland ao (1996a), Hering (1957a), Huemer & Mayr (2000a), Ivinskis & Savenkov (1991a), Kasy (1965a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Patzak (1974a), Pinzari, Pinzari & Zilli (2013a), Razowski (1990a), Schütze (1931a), Sønderup (1949a), Suire (1961a), Thomann (1956a), Toll (1952a, 1962a), Wegner (2010a).

Last modified 29.x.2021