Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Argyresthia glabratella

Argyresthia glabratella (Zeller, 1847)

spruce argent

on Picea

Argyresthia glabratella: feeding trace on Picea abies

Picea abies, Belgium, prov. Antwerp, Retie, Prinsenpark, 20.iv.2015 © Carina Van Steenwinkel

Argyresthia glabratella: feeding trace on Picea abies

the needles at the tip of the shoot turn yellow …

Argyresthia glabratella: feeding trace on Picea abies

and are dropped

pupation takes places in the tunnel

Argyresthia glabratella: exuvium

the exuvium protrudes from the opening

Argyresthia glabratella: exuvium

detail of the pupa


The larva bores in the tip of a shoot. Prior to pupation a small circular opening, not closed with silk, is made, generally at the underside of the shoot.

host plants

Pinaceae, monophagous

Picea abies.


Larvae from the late summer till April, May.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2018).


Full-fed 8 mm, body white, head shining black, prothoracic shield greyish brown.


described Patočka (1998a), Patočka & Turcáni (2005a).



Blastotere glabratella.


See also the closely related A. svenssoni..


Agassiz (1996a), Bengtsson & Johansson (2011a, 2012a), Friese (1969a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ulenberg (2004a), Konečná (2013a), Modlinger & Liška (2016a), Patočka (1998a), Patočka & Turcáni (2005a), De Prins, Steeman & Sierens (2016a).

Last modified 6.ii.2021