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, Bugwood.com

mine

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.

phenology

Mining larvae in autumn.

BENELUX

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).

pupa

See Patočka &Turčáni (2005a).

synonyms

Spilonota ocellana f. laricana.

references

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

Last modified 27.x.2019