Argyresthia conjugella

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Argyresthia conjugella
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Argyresthiidae
Genus: Argyresthia
A. conjugella
Binomial name
Argyresthia conjugella
Zeller, 1839
  • Tinea maculosa Tengström, 1847
  • Argyresthia aerariella Stainton, 1871

Argyresthia conjugella, the apple fruit moth, is a moth of the family Yponomeutidae. It is found in North America, Europe,[1] Siberia, Central Asia and Japan.

The wingspan is 10–14 mm. Adults are on wing from May to July depending on the location.

The larvae feed on Sorbus aucuparia and Malus species.

The Argyresyhia conjugella, or the apple fruit moth, is seen to be a parasite for the apple growing communities in Finland, Norway, and Sweden. These moths are seed predators for the mountain-ash trees rowan (Elameen et al.). However, when there is a dip in the fruit produced by rowan every couple years in this region, the apple fruit moth finds a new host in the form of apples. Apples are not their desired host however and they communicate with the rowan seeds they prefer through odors (Knudsen et al.).


Elameen, A (Elameen, Abdelhameed)[ 1 ] ; Eiken, HG (Eiken, Hans Geir)[ 1,2 ] ; Floystad, I (Floystad, Ida)[ 2 ] ; Knudsen, G (Knudsen, Geir)[ 1 ] ; Hagen, SB(Hagen, Snorre B. 2018. Monitoring of the Apple Fruit Moth: Detection of Genetic Variation and Structure Applying a Novel Multiplex Set of 19 STR Markers 22

Knudsen, GK (Knudsen, Geir K.); Bengtsson, M (Bengtsson, Marie) ; Kobro, S (Kobro, Sverre); Jaastad, G (Jaastad, Gunnhild) ; Hofsvang, T(Hofsvang, Trond); Witzgall, P (Witzgall, Peter). 2008. Discrepancy in laboratory and field attraction of apple fruit moth Argyresthia conjugella to host plant volatiles 33:1-6.

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