Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Agonopterix propinquella

Agonopterix propinquella (Treitschke, 1835)

black-spot flat-body


Short, full depth corridor. The larva relatively long lives as a miner, but finally leaves the mine and continues living in spinning along the midrib at the leaf underside, from where windows are eaten in the leaf.

host plants

Asteraceae; oligophagous

Arctium; Carduus; Centaurea; Cirsium arvense, vulgare; Cynara; Lactuca muralis; Serratula.

In Britain known only from Carduus and Cirsium, probably the most important host plants. Maček (1999a) is the only author who mentions Lactuca.


Larvae from July till early August (Harper, Langmaid & Emmet, 2002a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2009).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

Entire Europe (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Larva with black head and prothoracic shield. Body, thoracic feet and anal shield apple green; pinacula grey. See also Fetz.


Described by Patocka (1989a) and Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).


Blaik, Dobrzański, Hołowiński & Zajda (2019a), Fetz (1994a), Hannemann (1995a), Harper, Langmaid & Emmet (2002a), Hellers (1998a), Hering (1957a), Huisman (2012a), Klimesch (1959a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Maček (1999a), Patocka (1989a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Robbins (1991a), Rymarczyk, Dutheil & Nel (2013a), Szőcs (1977a), Thomann (1956a), Wegner (2010a).

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