Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Argyresthia aurulentella

Argyresthia aurulentella Stainton, 1849

gold juniper argent


The larva enters a needle by making a circular entrance, which is closed with silk. The needle is more or less completely mined out, after which the larva leaves the mine either through the first opening, or by making a new one. This procedure is repeated a number of times. The mines hardly contain any frass. Pupation in the ground, in a whitish reticulate cocoon.

host plants

Cupressaceae, monophagous

Juniperus communis, foetidissima.


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


BE recorded (Phegea, 2010).

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

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

From Fennoscandia and the Baltic States to the Pyrenees, Sardinia, Italy, and Macedonia, and from Britain to Romania (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


Body dirty green, reddish towards the end. Head shining black, prothoracic and anal plate blackish brown with an olive brown centre.


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


Reared by Moraiti ao from the “berries” of Juniperus foetidissima.


Agassiz (1996a), Bengtsson & Johansson (2011a), Buhr (1935b), Friese (1969a), Hering (1957a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ulenberg (2003a), Klimesch (1989a), Kozlov & Kullberg (2010a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein, Gielis, Huisman, ao (1988a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Laštůvka & Laštůvka (2019a), Liška, Šumpich, Laštůvka, ao (2014a), Moraiti, Kadis, Papayiannis & Stavrinides (2019a), Patočka (1998a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), De Prins (1998a), Robbins (1991a), Schütze (1899a), Sønderup (1949a), Stigter & van Frankenhuyzen (1992a), Szőcs (1977a).

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