Chionodes electella (Zeller, 1839)

Lepidoptera, Gelechiidae


The larva lives in a silken tube, covered with fragments of bark and lichens, on a second-year twig. From this tube the basal half of a number of leaves is mined out. The larva moults in the tube. Pupation in the ground.


Pinaceae, monophagous

Picea abies.

Occasionally also on Abies (Patočka, 1960a); Elsner ao (1999a) mention with doubt Juniperus communis.


Mining larvae in May – June (Hering, 1957a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

LUX not rercorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

Almost all Europa, but is missing from the British Isles, the Balkan Peninsula and the Mediterranean islands (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Reddish brown, chocolate brown, with comb of heavy setae in front of the anus Patočka, 1960a).


Buhr (1935b, 1964a, 1965a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Elsner, Huemer & Tokár (1999a), Gielis, Huisman, Kuchlein, van Nieukerken, van der Wolf & Wolschrijn (1985a), Hering (1957a), Houard (1908a), Huemer (2012a), Kaitila (1996a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a, Patočka (1960a), Skala (1950a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Szőcs (1977a), Tomasi (2014a).