Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Agonopterix subpropinquella

Agonopterix subpropinquella (Stainton, 1849)

ruddy flat-body

mine

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, sphaerocephala; Cirsium acaulon, arvense, creticum, vulgare; Cyanara segetum; Cynara cardunculus; Galactites tomentosus; Klasea integrifolia; Onopordum acanthium.

phenology

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

BENELUX

BE recorded (Phegea, 2009).

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

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

distribution within Europe

Almost entire Europe (Fauna Europaea, 2009).

larva

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.

pupa

Described by Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).

synonyms

Agonopterix rhodochrella Herrich-Schäffer, 1854.

notes

Between the mining phase and the free life there is a period during which the larve eat 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).

references

Buhr (1935a), Corley (2005a), Corley, Merckx, Marabuto ao (2013a), 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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