Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Argyresthia svenssoni

Argyresthia svenssoni Bengtsson & Johansson, 2012

on Picea

parasite

The larva initially bores into a bud near the tip of a shoot, next lives as a borer in the pith. After hibernation it continues feeding, then in May prepares an exit opening at the underside of the shoot. The pupa rests in the shoot. The affected part of the shoot drops its needles.

host plants

Pinaceae, monophagous

Picea abies.

phenology

Univoltine; adults in June.

distribution within Europe

Throughout the natural distribution area of the host plant.

notes

Both in appearance of the imago and in biologie the species closely resembles A. glabratella. In contrast to that species the exit opening is located close to the tip of the shoot; glabratella feeds over a longer trajectory (2-3 cm).

references

Bengtsson & Johansson (2012a), Modlinger & Liška (2016a).

Last modified 6.ii.2021