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Argyresthia abdominalis

Argyresthia abdominalis

Argyresthia abdominalis is a moth of the family Yponomeutidae. It is found in most of Europe, except Ireland, the Iberian Peninsula, Slovenia, Greece, Ukraine and Lithuania.[1]

Argyresthia abdominalis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Argyresthiidae
Genus: Argyresthia
A. abdominalis
Binomial name
Argyresthia abdominalis
Zeller, 1839
  • Argyresthia helvetica Heinemann, 1877

The wingspan is 7–9 mm.[2]

The larvae feed on Juniperus communis. A single larva mines out several leaves, feeding from the base to the tip. It migrates to the next leaf using a short corridor in the bark of the twig. Pupation takes place outside of the mine in a spinning on the twig.[3] The larvae have an orange brown to spotted reddish brown body and a black head. They can be found from March to April.


  1. Fauna Europaea
  2. Archived May 1, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. "". Archived from the original on 2014-07-19. Retrieved 2012-04-04.

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