Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Chionodes tragicella

Chionodes tragicella (Heyden, 1865)

on Larix


The larva lives in a silken tube under scales of bark on old larch trees and, from that shelter, searches out nearby leaves on which it feeds. The entrance to its tunnel is often betrayed by the presence of a few dead needles.

host plants

Pinaceae, monophagous

Larix decidua.


The larva hibernates in dense cocoon under scales of bark.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2020).


Huemer (2012a), Huemer & Sattler (1995a), Huisman, Kuchlein, van Nieukerken ao (1986a), De Prins (2006a).

Last modified 7.ii.2021