Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Argyresthia laevigatella

Argyresthia laevigatella Herrich-Schäffer, 1855

larch-boring argent

on Larix

Argyresthia laevigatella: damage to Larix decidua

Larix decidua, v.1999 © Petr Kapitola, Central Institute for Supervising and Testing in Agriculture,


The larva bores from late summer till end of April of the following year under the bark in the tip of a young shoot. Before pupation, in the gallery, it gnaws a circular opening at the underside of the shoot and closes it with silk. The shoot withers and dies.

host plants

Pinaceae, monophagous

Larix decidua.


Univoltine, hibernation as larva.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).


See Agassiz.


See Patočka, Patočka & Turcáni.


Blastotere laevigatella.


Agassiz (1996a), Bengtsson & Johansson (2011a, 2012a), Friese (1969a), Konečná (2013a), Patočka (1998a), Patočka & Turcáni (2005a), Wullaert (2016b).

Last modified 22.iii.2019