Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Argyresthia kulfani

Argyresthia kulfani Bengtsson & Johansson, 2012

on Abies


The larvae bore in the pith of a shoot, down to 7 cm from the tip. The needles turn yellow and drop in the course of the winter. Pupation in the gallery. Preference for low trees in shady situations.

host plants

Pinaceae, monophagous

Abies alba.


Univoltine; adults in May – mid June.

distribution within Europe

Eastern Germany, Slovakia (Bengtsson & Johansson), Iberia (Laštůvka & Laštůvka)..


The flat pupa bears on its head four thorns, that are used in ecdysis. Within the genus this is a unique character.


Bengtsson & Johansson (2012a), Laštůvka & Laštůvka (2015a), Liška ao (2018a).

Last modified 19.x.2019