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.


Fabaceae, oligophagous

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 Europea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

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


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


Coleophora brunneella Müller-Rutz, 1922.


Species of xerothermic situations.


Baldizzone (1979a, 1991b, 2004a), 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, Koster, Kuchlein, van der Wolf & Wolschrijn (1993a), Patzak (1974a,b), Razowski (1990a), Robbins (1991a), Seven (2006a), Skala (1951a), Suire (1961a), Szőcs (1977a), Toll (1952a, 1962a).


Last modified 12.ii.2018