Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Cedestis gysseleniella

Cedestis gysseleniella Zeller, 1839

gold pine ermine

Cedestis gysseleniella mine

Pinus sylvestris © Rob Edmuns, UK

Cedestis gysseleniella mine

exit hole


A relatively large, ribbed, oval egg is deposited near the base of the needle, on the outer, convex, side. The emerging larva at first makes a wavy, epidermal, corridor, running in the direction of the needle tip. Soon the gallery becomes deeper and fills the entire needle. The larva works itself to close to the tip of the needle; the mine behind it is almost completely filled with frass. Pupation external; the exit opening is just under the tip, in the flat side of the needle.

host plants

Pinaceae, monophagous

Pinus contorta, mugo, nigra & subsp. laricio, pinaster, sylvestris.


Larvae from the autumn till May the following year; they hibernate in the needle (Wegner).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2010).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2010).

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

Europe, except Ireland and the Mediterranean Islands (Fauna Europaea, 2010).





Eucedestis gysseleniella.


Agassiz (1996a), Bengtsson & Johansson (2011a), Buhr (1935b), Corley, Marabuto, Maravalhas ao (2008a), Gómez de Aizpúrua (1994a, 2003a), Hering (1957a), Huemer (2012a), Huisman, Koster, Muus & van Nieukerken (2013a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), van Nieukerken, Gielis, Huisman ao (1993a), Patočka (1997a, 1999b), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Robbins (1991a), Schütze (1931a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), Šumpich (1998a), Szőcs (1977a), Thomann (1956a), Trägårdh (1911a), Wegner (2010a), Wörz (1957a).

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