Argyresthia cupressella (Yponomeutidae)

cypress tip moth


Moths are small (5 mm) pale golden with a few darker markings.


Argyresthia cupressella, the cypress tip moth, larvae. Long, thin and worm-like. Green bodied.


Argyresthia cupressella cocoon Larvae mine the twiglets causing foliage to turn brown and drop.

Principal Hosts:

Pest of ornamentals in the Cupressus, Juniperus, Thuja and Sequoia genera.

Economic Importance:

Generally not serious in forest conditions.

References and Links:

Cypress tip moth (Oregon and Washington)


FC: 140, 141.

See HForest.

Additional Images:

pupal cocoon on foliage Argyresthia cupressella pupal cocoon cocoon among foliage