Argyresthia glabratella (Zeller, 1847)
Picea abies, Belgium, prov. Antwerp, Retie, Prinsenpark, 20.iv.2015 © Carina Van Steenwinkel
the needles at the tip of the shoot turn yellow …
and are dropped
pupation takes places in the tunnel
the exuviuum protrudes from the opening
detail of the pupa
The larva bores in the tip of a shoot. Prior to pupation a small circular opening, closed with silk, is made, generally at the underside of the shoot.
Larvae from the late summer till April, May.
distribution within Europe
Full-fed 8 mm, body white, head shining black, prothoracic shield greyish brown.
See also the closely related A. svenssoni..
Agassiz (1996a), Bengtsson & Johansson (2011a, 2012a).