Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Agonopterix subpropinquella

Agonopterix subpropinquella (Stainton, 1849)

ruddy flat-body


Short full depth corridor. The larva soon leaves the mine and continues feeding from a spinning at the leaf underside, from where window feeding occurs.

host plants

Asteraceae, oligophagous

Arctium lappa; Carduus bourgaei, crispus, tenuiflorus; Centaurea cyanus, exarata, jacea, nigra, pullata, scabiosa, solstitialis, sphaerocephala; Cirsium acaulon, arvense, creticum, vulgare; Cyanara segetum; Cynara cardunculus; Galactites tomentosus; Klasea integrifolia; Onopordum acanthium.

The reference by Corley ao (2020) to Rhaponticum coniferum (Apiaceae) must be a mistake.


Larvae in June – July (Harper, Langmaid & Emmet, 2002a); hibernation as imago.


BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

Almost entire Europe (Fauna Europaea, 2009).


Larva with black head and prothoracic plate (the latter sometimes with a median white line). Body, anal shield and thoracic feet dull green with faint darker length lines. Pinacula black. See Pictures on Rymarczyk, Dutheil & Nel; see also Fetz.


Described by Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).


Agonopterix rhodochrella Herrich-Schäffer, 1854.


Between the mining phase and the free life there is a period during which the larva eats away the lower parts of the leaf, but spare the hair cover. These “pseudo mines” have a “floor” of easily removable plant hairs (Hering, 1967a).


Buhr (1935a), Clement (1990a), Corley (2005a), Corley, Merckx, Marabuto ao (2013a), Corley, Nunes, Rosete, ao (2020a), Corley, Rosete, Gonçalves ao (2016a, 2018a), Corley, Rosete, Marabuto ao (2014a), Fetz (1994a), Hannemann (1995a), Harper, Langmaid & Emmet (2002a), Hellers (1998a), Hering (1957a, 1967a), Huertas Dionisio (2002a, 2007a), Huisman (2012a), Klimesch (1942a), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a, Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Lvovsky, Sinev, Kravchenko & Müller (2016a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Rymarczyk, Dutheil & Nel (2013a), Skala (1950a), Szőcs (1977a).

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