Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Agonopterix purpurea

Agonopterix purpurea (Haworth, 1811)

small purple flat-body


Small, irregular, full depth mine with a clear amount of frass. The larva soon leaves the mine and continues feeding in a tubular rolled leaf (Harper, Langmaid & Emmet, 2002a).

host plants

Apiaceae, oligophagous

Anthriscus sylvestris; Chaerophyllum temulum; Daucus carota, muricatus; Torilis japonica.


Larvae in May – early June ((Harper, Langmaid & Emmet, 2002a).


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

LUX recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

Entire Europe (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Larva green with darker length lines. Head and prothoracic plate shining black. First pair of thoracic feet black, next two pairs green. See also Fetz.


Described by Patočka, Patočka & Turčáni.


Baldizzone (2004a), Blaik, Dobrzański, Hołowiński & Zajda (2019a), Corley, Marabuto, Maravalhas ao (2009a), Fetz (1994a), Hannemann (1995a), Harper, Langmaid & Emmet (2002a), Hellers (1998a), Hering (1957a), Huisman (2012a), Huisman & Koster (1995a), Huisman, Koster, van Nieukerken & Ellis (2009a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Patočka (1989a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).

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