Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora thymi

Coleophora thymi Hering, 1942

Coleophora thymi cases

from Toll (1962a)


Trivalved tubular silken case of 8.9.5 mm with a mouth angle of c. 30°. The case is light brown and has a number of indistinct length lines. The mines are quite small at first, but later the leaves are completely mined out.

The cases cannot be distinguished from those of C. tolli; of neither species the larvae have been described.

host plants

Lamiaceae, monophagous

Thymus odoratissimus, serpyllum.


From autumn till June.


Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

From Germany to Italy and Greece (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


Baldizzone (1990b), Baldizzone & van der Wolf (2000a), Baldizzone, van der Wolf & Landry (2006a), Biesenbaum (1998a), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Hering (1942c, 1957a), Kasy (1959b, 1976a), Klimesch (1958c), Šumpich & Vítek (2014a), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a), Toll (1962a).

Last modified 19.xii.2019