Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora trochilella

Coleophora trochilella (Duponchel, 1843)

verge case-bearer

Coleophora trochilella: cases on Tanacetum vulgare

Tanacetum vulgare, Belgium, prov. Antwerp, Balen, Griesbroek © Carina Van Steenwinkel

Coleophora trochilella: case on Achillea millefolium

Achillea millefolium, Belgium, Liège © Jean-Yves Baugnée

Coleophora trochilella case on Artemisia vulgaris

Artemisia vulgaris, Castricum

mines, leaf underside


A straw-coloured, slender, three-valved case of he type “tubular silken case”; length about 10 mm, mouth angle 45° – 60°. Larve at the leaf underside. Perhaps because of the plant’s dense felt cover, the case is attached with much silk, giving the openings a conspicuous white margin.

host plants

Asteraceae, narrowly oligophagous

Achillea erba-rotta subsp. moschata, millefolium; Artemisia absinthium, vulgaris; Carduus; Inula; Leucanthemum vulgare; Solidago virgaurea; Tanacetum corymbosum, vulgare.

Because in the past the interpretation of this species has long been uncertain, references of food plants from that time are unreliable. References to Hieracium need confirmation.


Cases from August till June of the following year.


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

Entire Europe, with possible exception of parts of the Balkan Peninsula (Fauna Europaea, 2009).



Coleophora axana Hering, 1942; Coleophora troglodytella auct. (incl. Hering, 1957a); C. trochilella sensu Hering 1957 appears to be C. peribenanderi [Emmet ao, 1996a].


Baldizzone (1985d, 1989e, 2004a), Baldizzone & Hartig (1978a), Baldizzone & van der Wolf (2000a), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Buhr (1964a), Emmet ao (1996a), Hering (1957a), Huisman & Koster (1996a, 2000a), Ivinskis & Savenkov (1991a), Kaltenbach & Roesler (1985a), Kozlov & Kullberg (2006a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Langmaid (1991b), Leutsch (2011a), Maček (1999a), Patzak (1974a,b), De Prins & Steeman (2014a), De Prins, Steeman & Sierens (2015a, 2016a), Robbins (1991a), Schmid (2019a), Wieser & Huemer (1999a), Zimmermann & Skala (1946a).

Last modified 19.i.2023