Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Argyresthia conjugella

Argyresthia conjugella Zeller, 1839

apple-fruit moth

on (Malus), Sorbus

Argyresthia conjugella: larva

larva from Sorbus aucuparia © Ian F Smith,



The larva bores in the fruit. Un a rowan berry just one, in an apple up to 25. In rowan the infestation is betrayed because occupied berries prematurely turn red. Pupation in the soil in a wite, double-layered cocoon.

host plants

Rosaceae, oligophagous

Malus domestica; Sorbus aucuparia.

On apple only when rowans grow nearby and in years with little rowan berries.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).


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


Agassiz (1996a), Askew (1968a), Bengtsson & Johansson (2011a), Friese (1969a), Huemer (2012a), Konečná (2013a), Kozlov & Kullberg (2006a), Leutsch (2011a), Mitterberger (1921a), Patočka (1998a), Patočka & Turcáni (2005a), De Prins & Steeman (2011a).

Last modified 18.vii.2022