Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Spilonota laricana

Spilonota laricana (Heinemann, 1863)

larch-bud moth

Spilonota laricana larva

Larix spec., USA © Gyorgy Csóka, Hungary Forest Research Institute,


In late summer the larve spins a few needles together, and mines them out. The larva hibernates between some mined needles that haven been spun together. After hibernation the larve bores into a developing bud, eventually pupating there.

host plants

Pinaceae, monophagous (?)

Larix decidua, kaempferi.

Also reported from Picea sitchensis.


Mining larvae in autumn.


BE recorded (Phegea, 2010).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2010).

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

From Fennoscandia to the Pyrenees, Italy, and Romania, and from Ireland to East and South Russia (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


See Patočka &Turčáni (2005a).


Spilonota ocellana f. laricana.


Bradley, Tremewan & Smith (1979a), Freeman (1967a), Hancock & Bland (2015b), Kuchlein & Donner (1983a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), De Prins & Steeman (2013a), Robbins (1991a), Swatschek (1958a).

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