Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Cedestis subfasciella

Cedestis subfasciella (Stephens, 1834)

brown pine ermine

Cedestis subfasciella mine

Pinus sylvestris, Pinus sylvestris, Losser, Zandbergen

Cedestis subfasciella mine

one can see the larva

Cedestis subfasciella larva in the mine

Pinus sylvestris, Dwingelderveld: larva in the mine

Cedestis subfasciella, frass

Pinus sylvestris, Tilburg, Kaaistoep & Strabrechtsche heide: frass

Cedestis subfasciella eggCedestis subfasciella exit

Pinus sylvestris, Tilburg, Kaaistoep & Strabrechtsche heide: fresh egg, exit opening

Cedestis subfasciella egg

Pinus sylvestris Strabrechtsche heide: old egg


Oviposition on the tip of the flat side of the needle; the egg is oval, smooth, with a characteristic longitudinal keel. From here the mine descends, full depth, towards the base of the needle. The space behind the larva is completely filled with granular frass. The larval chamber is so transparant that the larva inside is easily visible. The larva vacates the mine prior to pupation by a round opening near the end of the mine.

host plants

Pinaceae, monophagous (?)

Pinus mugo, nigra, sylvestris, uncinata.

References to Abies alba are almost certainly incorrect.


Larvae from December till March, April (Agassiz, 1996a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2010).

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

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

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



Cedestis, Dyscedestis farinatella (Zeller, 1839); ? Cedestis civitatensis Nel & Varenne, 2015.


Agassiz (1996a), Baldizzone (2004a, 2008a), Baldizzone & scalercio (2018a), Bengtsson & Johansson (2011a), Buhr (1935b), Gómez de Aizpúrua (1994a, 2003a), Hering (1957a), Huemer (2012a), Huisman, Koster, Muus & van Nieukerken (2013a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Nel & Varenne (2015a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), De Prins (1998a), Robbins (1991a), Scalercio, Luzzi & Laudati (2015a), Schütze (1931a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Sønderup (1949a), Szőcs (1977a), Thomann (1956a), Wegner (2010a), Wörz (1957a).

Last modified 18.vii.2021