Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora vestalella

Coleophora vestalella Staudinger, 1859

on Anthyllis

Coleophora vestalella case

from Toll (1962a)

Coleophora vestalella: case

Anthyllis cytisoides, Spain © Reijo Siloaho; from Tabell, 2012a).


Laterally strongly compressed, 8 mm long composite leaf case with a mouth angle of about 45°. Moreover, the mouth opening has shifted considerably to one side. The case consists of only a few leaf fragments that closely fit, therefore do not extend out of the outline of the case. Most mines in the lower leaves.


Fabaceae, narrowly monophagous

Anthyllis cytisoides.


Full grown larvae in May – June.


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

distribution within Europe

France, Spain, Mallorca (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


See Nel (1991a).


Baldizzone ao (1981a), Hering (1936b, 1957a), Nel (1991a), Tabell (2012a), Toll (1962a).

Last modified 11.ii.2018