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, 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 (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), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Robbins (1991a), Schütze (1931a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), Szőcs (1977a), Thomann (1956a), Trägårdh (1911a), Wegner (2010a), Wörz (1957a).

Last modified 18.ii.2020