European Lep:Yponomeutinae
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Argyresthia fundella (Fischer von Röslerstamm 1835)
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the needles turn white

Food Plant: Abies spp. (Fir)

Mine: Autumn-April

Notes: Mines the needle tips and turns them white (as shown). Does not spin the leaves together. The larva leaves a mine through a hole made in the leaf (as shown - left mined needle) and may mine other leaves. It spins a white cocoon on the leaf underside to pupate. Present throughout Europe and Scandinavia.

Data: 10.iii.2015, Mol, (Antwerpen), Belgium

Image:© Carina van Steenwinkel

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