Last modified: Nov. 19, 2022, 3:20 p.m.
A common species throughout Belgium, recorded from all provinces.
Can be separated from Agonopteryx ciliella by its smaller size and the presence of only 1 faint grey line in the hindwing cilia.
The caterpillar spins some leaves of the foodplant together or constructs a tube by rolling a leaflet downwards. It construct several such tubes during it development. Sometimes the caterpillar also feeds on the flowers; May–early August.
Pupation in the soil or amongst leaf litter; June–September.
The species hibernates in the adult stage. The adults hide during daytime, they become active at night and come to light and especially to sugar.
One long generation a year: from July onwards and after hibernation till May.
The larva lives on a great variety of Apiaceae, especially on: Anthriscus sylvestris, Chaerophyllum temulum and Heracleum sphondylium, but it has also been recorded from: Aegododium podagraria, Angelica sylvestris, Conopodium majus, Daucus sylvestris, Meum athamanticum, Myrrhis odorata, Oenanthe sp., Pastinaca sativa, Silaum silaus, Sison amomum, Smyrnium alusatrum, Torilis, Ligusticum scoticum, etc.