Seq # 250110070

Agonopterix ciliella (Stainton, 1849) Species

Last modified: Sept. 6, 2023, 8:10 p.m.

A rather rare species in many areas of Belgium, less observed in the south.


Family: Depressariidae > Subfamily: Depressariinae > Genus: Agonopterix > Species: Agonopterix ciliella
Vernacular names
Bonte kaartmot (NL)
First mention in Belgium
De Crombrugghe G. 1905. Note sur quelques Microlépidoptères de la faune belge. — Annales de la Société Entomologique de Belgique 49: 100–107. On page 106. view page




Can be separated from Agonopteryx heracliana by its greater size and by the presence of 5 faint grey lines in the hindwing cilia.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature



Green, with dorsal and dorsolateral lines darker green; head capsule dark brown to black; prothoracic plate greenish brown, black laterally; last abdominal segment green with some blackish dots; pinacula black.

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The caterpillar sometimes feeds on the flowers or seed of the foodplant, but lives more commonly on the leaves from a tube which it constructs by spinning a leaflet downwards; several such tubes are constructed during the entire development. June–September.
Pupation on the upper layers of the soil or amongst leaf litter; July–September.
The species hibernates in the adult stage. The adults are active at night and sometimes come to light; after hibernation they easily come to sugar.

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Flight periods

One generation a year: from July and after hiberantion till May.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Angelica sylvestris, Heracleum sphondylium, Peucedanum palustre and Daucus carota
Host plant (genera):
Pastinaca, Anthriscus, Selinum, Silaum, Chaerophyllum and Meum

Oligophagous on many species of Apiaceae, like: Angelica sylvestris, Daucus carota, Heracleum sphondylium, Selinum carvifolia, Silaum silaus, Chaerophyllum, Pastinaca sativa, Anthriscus, Peucedanum palustre or Meum.

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Very different kinds of habitat as long as one of the larval foodplants is growing there.

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