Spilonota laricana (Heinemann, 1863)
Larix spec., USA; © Gyorgy Csóka, Hungary Forest Research Institute, Bugwood.com
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.
Pinaceae, monophagous (?)
Larix decidua, kaempferi.
Also reported from Picea sitchensis.
Mining larvae in autumn.
BE recorded (Phegea, 2010).
NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a; Microlepidoptera.nl, 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), Kuchlein & Donner (1983a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), De Prins & Steeman (2013a), Robbins (1991a), Swatschek (1958a).