European Lep:Yponomeutinae
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Argyresthia fundella (Fischer von Röslerstamm 1835)
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cocoon and larva


Food Plant: Abies spp. (Fir)

Mine: Autumn-April

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

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

Image:© Carina van Steenwinkel

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