Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora vibicella

Coleophora vibicella (Hübner, 1813)

large gold case-bearer

Coleophora vibicella case

from Toll (1952a)

Coleophora vibicella: case on Genista tinctoria

Genista tinctoria, France, dép. Ardennes, Givet, site du Fort Condé © Stéphane Claerebout

Coleophora vibicella: case on Genista tinctoria

detail showing the pallium

Coleophora vibicella: case on Genista tinctoria

dorsal view

Coleophora vibicella: case on Genista tinctoria

younger case

Coleophora vibicella: damage to Genista tinctoria

feeding pattern


Larva in a huge (19 mm) shining black tubular silken case; mouth angle 60°. The end of the case is strongly rolled in (remnant of the youth case) and bears a small pallium.

host plants

Fabaceae, oligophagous

Cytisus austriacus subsp. heuffelii; Genista sagittalis, tinctoria; Vicia.


The larvae are full grown around end June (Emmet ao, 1996a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

Europe south of the line Britain – Ukraine; not in Ireland, possibly missing in the Balkan Peninsula (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Described by Suire (1961a) and Emmet ao (1996a).


Coleophora brunneella Müller-Rutz, 1922.

parasitoids, predators

Elasmus unicolor.


Species of xerothermic situations.


Baldizzone (1979a, 1991b, 2004a, 2020a), Biesenbaum & van der Wolf (1999a), Buhr (1935a) Burmann (1992a), Emmet, Langmaid, Bland ao (1996a), Hering (1957a), Huber (1969a), Huemer (2012a), Kasy (1965a, 1985a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (199a), Kvičala (1938a), Nel (1992c), van Nieukerken, Gielis, Huisman, ao (1993a), Patzak (1974a,b), Razowski (1990a), Robbins (1991a), Seven (2006a), Skala (1951a), Suire (1961a), Szőcs (1977a), Toll (1952a, 1962a), Žikić, Ritt, Colacci, ao (2019a).

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