Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Agonopterix senecionis

Agonopterix senecionis (Nickerl, 1864)

Agonopterix senecionis mine

Senecio doria, Spain; from Hering (1936b)


Very large, elongate, full depth, brownish blotch, either along the midrib or following the leaf margin. Silk is deposited in the mine, partly in the form of tube, causing the leaf to contract rather strongly and the leaf margin the roll over. Part of the frass is ejected; the remainder is deposited in the oldest, narrow part of the mine. Pupation external.

host plants

Asteraceae, oligophagous

Doronicum; Senecio doria, doronicum, nemorensis, ovatus, sarracenicus.


Larvae from May till July Hering (1957a).


Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

From Germany and the Baltic States to the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, and Romania; also in Central Russia (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

larva, pupa

Described by Fetz, Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).


Depressaria sarracenella (Rössler, 1866).


Baran (2013a), Blaik, Dobrzański, Hołowiński & Zajda (2019a), Deschka & Wimmer (2000a), Fetz (1994a), Hannemann (1995a), Hering (1936b, 1957a), Klimesch (1959a), Klimesch & Skala (1936a), Muus (2022c), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), De Prins, Steeman & Sierens (2016a), Schmid (2019a), Skala (1950a), Skala & Zavřel (1945a), Szőcs (1977a), Thomann (1956a), Wieser & Huemer (1997a).

Last modified 17.i.2023