Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Agonopterix ferocella

Agonopterix ferocella (Chrétien, 1910)


Young larvae make a full depth blotch in the apical part of the leaf. Older larvae live free at the underside of the leaf, causing window feeding. While feeding they leave the dense hair cover of the underside intact, and in doing so in fact live in a “pseudomine”, between the upper epidermis and the hair cover.

host plants

Asteraceae, oligophagous

Carlina acanthifolia; Cirsium ferox, vulgare; Echinops.


Larvae in June, July (Hering, 1957a).

distribution within Europe

Southern France, Italy; Ukraine, South Russia (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


Body without dark length lines; anal plate whitish (Hering, 1957a). Pictures on Rymarczyk, Dutheil & Nel (2013a).


Baldizzone & scalercio (2018a), Buschmann & Pastorális (2018a), Lhomme (1934c), Hering (1957a), Rymarczyk, Dutheil & Nel (2013a), Szabóky & Takács (2018a).

Last modified 12.ii.2020