Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Coleophora vicinella

Coleophora vicinella Zeller, 1849

Lepidoptera, Coleophoridae

Coleophora vicinella case

from Toll (1952a)


Ochreous pistol case with many sharp obliquely backwards-downward running ridges and a sharp ventral keel. The pallium covers about three quarter of the case and has a pair of winglike extensions in its rear; in fact, int consists of two parts. It is strongly inflated, and has a scalloped surface structure; the colour is yellowish white at first, but brown or even black later. Mouth angle 45°.

The somewhat older larva does no longer make fleck mines, but eats, form above or below, all leaf tissue except the stronger veins.


Fabaceae, oligophagous (?)

Astragalus; Coronilla; Dorycnium; Galega; Medicago falcata, sativa.

The synonymous C. gypsophilae is reported to live on Gypsophila paniculata; perhaps this was case of xenophagy?


Larvae from autumn till May the next year.


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

distribution within Europe

South of the line France – Ukraine (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

larva, pupa

Especially the larva is extensively described by Chrétien (1926a).


Coleophora gypsophilae Christoph, 1862.


Baldizzone (1979a), Baldizzone & Nel (1993c), Baldizzone & van der Wolf (2000a), Chrétien (1926a, 1927a), Hering (1957a), Kasy (1987a), Nel (1992b,c), Szőcs (1977a, 1981a), Toll (1952a, 1962a).


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