Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Agonopterix fruticosella

Agonopterix fruticosella (Walsingham, 1903)

Lepidoptera, Depressariinae

Agonopterix fruticosella mines

Bupleurum rigidum, Spain; from Hering (1936b)


Relatively broad, brownish, full depth corridor of about 5 mm, without any frass. The larva emerges a short distance from the mine and causes window feeding, in which only the lower epidermis remains intact. Between the mine and the window lies a broad trace of frass, that keeps in place because of threads of silk. Mostly several mines in a leaf. Later the larva lives free under a spinning, even later in a folded leaf margin, fastened with silk.


Apiaceae, monophagous

Bupleurum rigidum.


Larvae collected in end June.

distribution within Europe

Spouthern France, Iberia (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Agonopterix, Depressaria rebeli Hering, 1936.


Hering (1936b, 1957a).


Last modified 8.xi.2019