Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Agapeta zoegana

Agapeta zoegana (Linnaeus, 1767)

sulphur knapweed moth

on Asteraceae, Caprifoliaceae


The larva bores in the roots; there also the hibernation and pupation.

host plants

Asteraceae, Caprifoliaceae, narrowly polyphagous

Centaurea jacea, nigra, paniculata; Jurinea multiflora; Knautia arvensis; Scabiosa columbaria; Serratula tinctoria.

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).


Body yellowish white; head ochraceous to yellowish brown, without lateral markings; prothoracic and anal plates yellowish; see Swatschek.


See Patočka & Turčáni.


Euxanthis zoegana.


Huisman ao (2005a) write that the larvae would live in the seed heads of Dipsacus fullonum; this seems to be a mistake.


Bradley, Tremewan & Smith (1973a), Disqué (1905a), Hancock & Bland (2015a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ulenberg (2005a), Kovács & Kovács (2006b), Muller (1989a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Requena i Miret (1998a), Swatschek (1958a).

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