Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora valesianella

Coleophora valesianella Zeller 1849

Lepidoptera, Coleophoridae

Coleophora valesianella case

from Toll (1962a)

Coleophora valesianella case

C. giraudi”; from Toll (1962a)


White pistol case, covered all over with a translucent, foam-like pallium of silken scales; mouth angle about 45°. Contrary to C. vicinella the pallium reaches down to the mouth, and is white in colour.

Generally the larva mines all leaflets of a leaf, before moving on, which makes it quite conspicuous.


Fabaceae, oligophagous

Astragalus monspessulanus, sempervirens; Hippocrepis.

A reference to Dorycnium suffruticosum by Chrétien (1926a, as C. giraudi) probably is erroneous.


Larvae from autumn till spring the following year (Hering, 1957a).


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

distribution within Europe

Europe, south of France – Austria – Romania; also Cyprus (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Described by Chrétien (1927a) and Suire (1961a).


Coleophora giraudi Ragonot, 1874.


Baldizzone (1979a, 1987b, 1990b, 1996a), Baldizzone & Nel (1992a, 1993c), Burmann (1979a, 1992a), Chrétien (1926a, 1927a), Hering (1957a), Nel (1992b,c), Suire (1961a), Toll (1962a).


Last modified 18.vii.2017