Entomology Collection TitleImage Bugs Pinned
Species Page - Argyresthia abies
Argyresthia abies ->species page

E-mail this Page   
Print this Page   
Link to this Page   

scientific name    Argyresthia abies    

Primarily boreal habitats with the larval food plant, balsam fir (Abies balsamea).

Adults are on the wing from early June to early July (Freeman, 1972: 696).

"Antenna with alternating black and white annulations. Head rusty, Thorax and forewing yellowish brown. Fringe whitish. Hind wing pale grey; fringe whitish. Fore- and mid-tibiae purplish black inwardly, whitish outwardly. Hind leg cream colored. Wingspread 10.0-11.5 mm." (Freeman, 1972: 696). Male genitalia is discussed and illustrated in Freeman (1972: 696; fig. 26). In Alberta, this species can be distinguished from other Argyresthia species by its smaller size, uniform yellowish-brown color of forewings, and its food plant, balsam fir. To an extent it resembles A. columbia, but its color, male genitalia, and food plants are different.

life history
The larva bores in the terminal twigs of balsam fir (Freeman, 1972: 696).

Not of concern.

diet info
All type material reared from larvae on balsam fir, Abies balsamea (Freeman, 1972: 696).

This species is recorded from Lac La Biche in Alberta. Also recorded from the vicinity of Big River in Saskatchewan (Pohl et al., in prep.) and northern Ontario.

quick link

Comments (0)Add New Comment

Comments are published according to our submission guidelines. The EH Strickland Entomological Museum does not necessarily endorse the views expressed.

Add New Comment (all fields are required)

Related Species Info
Display Hierarchy
References (1)
Specimen Info
There are 6 specimens of this species in the online database
Map Distribution
Adult Seasonal Distributioncreate a collection histogram with specimens
Specimen List (6)
Related Links
Moth Photographers Group


Logo Department of Museums and Collections ServicesLogo University of Alberta