Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Argyroploce arbutella

Argyroploce arbutella (Linnaeus, 1758)


Full depth irregular blotch, with little, dispersed frass. The larvae soon vacate their mine to live free among spun leaves.

host plants

Ericacease, oligophagous

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi; Vaccinium vitis-idaea.


Larvae in April – May (Hering, 1957a).


p>BE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

NE recorded (Romeijn, 1994a;, 2009).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Fennoscandia and northern Russia to the Pyrenees, Sardinia, Italy, and Bulgaria, and from Ireland to Poland and Romania (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Yellow-brown; head; prothoracic and anal plate, and thoracic feet brown-black. Prolegs with 20-30 hooks in a double row (Swatschek, 1958a).


Olethreutes arbutella.


Adamczewski (1947a), Baixeras (2002a), Bradley, Tremewan & Smith (1979a), Disqué (1905a), Hering (1921b, 1957a), Huisman & Koster (1995a, 1996a, 1997a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ellis (2007a), Klimesch (1950c, 1956c), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Romeijn (1994a), Sønderup (1949a), Swatschek (1958a), Thomann (1956a), Varenne, Tautel & Nel (2005a), Wegner (2015a).

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