Ocnerostoma piniariella Zeller, 1847
white pine ermine
Pinus sylvestris, Gortelsche Berg: egg on the tip of a needle
The mine begins in the tip of a needle, and descends to about three quarter of its length. With exception of the larval chamber the entire mine is filled with frass, giving the needle a vinous colour. The mine is so transparant the the larva is visible in its chamber (Hering, 1957a). The full grown larva leaves the mine by making an opening, then forms an elongate cocoon out of silk between a few spun needles (Koch, 1932a; Freeman, 1960a).
Pinus cembra, mugo, sylvestris.
According to Hering (1957a) the species also lives on Juniperus albeit rarely. In the light of the strongly different leaf morphology this seems improbable. Also references to Abies alba and Picea abies seem doubtful.
Larvae in April – May (Agassiz, 1996a), adults from June tll August (Koster, 1990a).
BE recorded (Phegea, 2010).
NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a; Microlepidoptera.nl, 2010).
LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).
distribution within Europe
From Fennoscandia to Spain, Italy, and Bulgaria, and from Ireland to Romania (Fauna Europaea, 2010).
Agassiz (1996a), Bengtsson & Johansson (2011a), Buhr (1935b), Duncan (2006a), Freeman (1960a), Gómez de Aizpúrua (2003a), Heckford (1986a), Hering (1957a), Huemer (2012a), Koch (1932a), Koster (1990a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Leutsch (2011a), Parenti & Varalda (2000a), Patočka (1997a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), De Prins (1998a), Robbins (1991a), Schütze (1931a), Sønderup (1949a), Starý (1930a), Szabóky, Tokár, Liska & Pastorális (2009a), Szőcs (1977a), Wegner (2010a), Wörz (1957a), Zoerner (1969a).