Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Pseudococcyx posticana

grijze dennenknopmot (Zetterstedt, 1839)

dark pine shoot

on Pinus

parasite

In late summer the larva lives as a borer in a young shoot; here also he hibernates. After the winter it bores in a lateral bud. Pupation in the bud. Just below the bud the fully grown larva has prepared an exit opening, closed with a plug of resin that quickly turns white.

host plants

Pinaceae, monophagous

Pinus sylvestris.

phenology

Univoltine.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).

larva

Body reddish brown; head and prothoracic plate dark brown; anal plate lighter (Swatschek).

pupa

See Patočka & Turčáni.

synonyms

Blastethia, Coccyx, Eventria, posticana.

references

Baldizzone (2007b), Bradley, Tremewan & Smith (1979a), Disqué (1905a), Hancock & Bland (2015a), Huisman & Koster (1996a, 2000a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Schütze (1931a), Swatschek (1958a), Thomann, Standfuss & Müller-Rutz (1913a).

Last modified 13.ii.2020