Argyresthia curvella (Linnaeus, 1761)

brindled argent, apple blossom tineid

on Malus

Argyresthia curvella: larva on Malus sylvestris

Malus sylvestris, Germany, Eifel, Heimbach, 27.iv.2-17 © Arnold Grosscurt

Argyresthia curvella: larva on Malus sylvestris

larva, dorsal view


the larva lives in the closed bud, feeding on the internal parts of the flower. The buds remains closed because the sepals are spun together. Pupation in the soil in a flimsy cocoon.

host plants

Rosaceae, monophagous

Malus domestica, sylvestris.


Univoltine; hibernation as egg (Agassiz).


Argyresthia cornella (Fabricius, 1775); A. arcella (Fabricius, 1776).


See Patočka (1998a), Patočka & Turcáni (2005a).


Agassiz (1996a), Bengtsson & Johansson (2011a), Friese (1969a), Konečná (2013a), Leutsch (2011a), Patočka (1998a), Patočka & Turcáni (2005a).

mod 20.iii.2019