Chionodes electella

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Chionodes electella
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Gelechiidae
Genus: Chionodes
Species: C. electella
Binomial name
Chionodes electella
(Zeller, 1839)
  • Gelechia electella Zeller, 1839

Chionodes electella is a moth of the Gelechiidae family. It is found in almost all of Europe (except Ireland, Great Britain and the Balkan Peninsula).[1] In the east, the range extends to the southern Ural.[2]

The wingspan is 12–16 mm. Adults have been recorded on wing from May to July.[3]

The larvae feed on Picea abies. They mine the leaves of their host plant. They live in a silken tube covered with fragments of bark and lichen. The tube is made on a second-year twig. From within this tube, the basal half of several leaves is mined. Pupation takes place outside of the mine under the ground.[4] Larvae can be found from May to June. They are reddish brown to chocolate brown.


  1. ^ Fauna Europaea
  2. ^ Junnilainen, J. et al. 2010: The gelechiid fauna of the southern Ural Mountains, part II: list of recorded species with taxonomic notes (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae). Zootaxa, 2367: 1–68. Preview
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