Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Argyresthia spinosella

Argyresthia spinosella Stainton, 1849

blackthorn argent

on Prunus


After the winter the eggs hatch and the larvae bore into a flower bud; according to many sources the larva also lives as a shoot borer. Pupation in a light spinning in the soil.

host plants

Rosaceae, narrowly monophagous

Prunus domestica, spinosa.


Univoltine; hibernation as egg.


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


Argyresthia mendica (Haworth, 1828). Buhr accidentally writes “spinella”.


Agassiz (1996a), Bengtsson & Johansson (2011a), Buhr (1965a), Corley, Maravalhas & Passos de Carvalho (2006a), Deutsch (2003a), Friese (1969a), Huisman, Koster, Muus & van Nieukerken (2013a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ulenberg (2003a), Konečná (2013a), Leutsch (2011a), Patočka (1998a), Patočka & Turcáni (2005), De Prins & Steeman (2013a).

Last modified 16.ii.2020