Orange spruce needleminer

Orange spruce needleminer - Larva feeding on pollen of white spruce
  • Latin name: Coleotechnites piceaella (Kearfott)
  • French name: Mineuse rosée de l'épinette
  • Order: Lepidoptera
  • Family: Gelechiidae
  • Synonym(s): Pulicalvaria piceaella (Kearfott),
    Recurvaria piceaella Kearfott
Description

Distribution

Eastern Canada

Micro-habitat(s)

Needle, Male flower, Bud, Cone

Canadian Forest Service Publications

Orange spruce needleminer

Diet and feeding behaviour

  • Phyllophagous : Feeds on the leaves of plants.
    • Miner: Feeds inside the blade of a leaf, between the epidermal layers, or beneath the bark of plants, by first excavating a mine into these tissues.
  • Pollinivorous : Feeds on pollen.
    • Webworm: Spins a silk shelter in which to hide or feed.
Information on host(s)

Main host(s)

Balsam fir, black spruce, white spruce

Photos
  • Orange spruce needleminer Silk cocoon opened to show pupa
  • Orange spruce needleminer Adult at rest
  • Orange spruce needleminer Pinned adult (wingspan: 10-13 mm)
  • Orange spruce needleminer Larva feeding on pollen of white spruce
  • Orange spruce needleminer Larva feeding on pollen of white spruce
  • Orange spruce needleminer Larva
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