Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Argyresthia abdominalis

Argyresthia abdominalis Zeller, 1839

downland argent


The larvae mines several leaves out, working from the base to the tip. It migrates to the next leaf by way of a short corridor in the bark of the twig. The larva therefore, contrary to A. aurulentella, does not need to make openings in the needles for entrance or exit. Pupation external, in a dense papery spinning on the twig or in the ground.

host plants

Cupressaceae, monophagous

Juniperus communis.


Larvae in March, April (Hering, 1957a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2010).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2010).

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

Check (PESI, 2018); also Iberian Peninsula


Body orange brown, spotted reddish brown. Head black, prothoracic plate dark grey, spotted black.


Agassiz (1996a), Bengtsson & Johansson (2011a), Buhr (1935b), Friese (1969a), Hering (1957a), Huemer (2012a), Konečná (2013a), Kozlov & Kullberg (2010a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Laštůvka & Laštůvka (2017a), De Prins (1998a), Schütze (1899a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), Stigter & van Frankenhuyzen (1992a), Szőcs (1977a).

Last modified 8.i.2020