Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Cydia strobilella

Cydia strobilella (Linnaeus, 1758)

spruce cone moth, spruce-seed moth

on Picea, etc.

Cydia strobiella larva in Picea cone

Picea spec. © W Strong: larva in bisected cone (from Forest Genetics Council of British Columbia)


The larva lives in the cone, tunnelling from one seed to the other by way of the cone axis. Apart from premature opening, no external evidence of larval feeding damage is visible on cones.

host plants

Pinaceae, oligophagous

Abies alba; Picea abies, omorika; Pinus sylvestris; Pseudotsuga menziesii.


Univoltine; hiernation as larva.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).


Body yellow; head light to dark brown; prothoracic plate yellowish (Swatschek).


See Patočka & Turčáni.


Grapholitha, Laspeyresia, strobilella.


Askew (1968a), Bradley, Tremewan & Smith (1973a), Disqué (1905a), Forest Genetics Council of British Columbia (0000a), Hancock & Bland (2015a), Huisman & Koster (1999a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ulenberg (2004a), Lepiforum (2019), Meijerman & Ulenberg (2000a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Pinzari, Pinzari & Zilli (2006a), Schütze (1931a), Seifert, Wermelinger & Schneider (2003a), Skrzypczyńska (1982a), Swatschek (1958a).

Last modified 15.viii.2022