Seq # 250110140

Agonopterix liturosa (Haworth, 1811) Species

Last modified: March 5, 2021, 9:40 a.m.

A very rare and local species in Belgium.


Family: Depressariidae > Subfamily: Depressariinae > Genus: Agonopterix > Species: Agonopterix liturosa
Vernacular names
Sint-janskaartmot (NL)
Agonopterix liturella (Hübner, 1796), nec (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) and Agonopterix hypericella sensu auct., nec (Hübner, 1816)
First mention in Belgium
De Sélys-Longchamps E. 1844. Énumération des insectes Lépidoptères de la Belgique. — Mémoires de la Société royale des Sciences de Liége 2: 1–35. On page 24 (as hypericella). view page




The difference between Agonopterix liturosa and A. conterminella is not always easy. The best individual feature is the coloring of the tegulae and forewing basal field: predominantly dark in A. liturosa and predominantly light in A. conterminella, although control of the genitals is necessary in dubious or worn-out specimens.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


Dull greyish green; head pale brown, prothoracic plate greenish; pinacula black.

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The caterpillar spins some shoots together.
Pupation amongst detritus or in the earth not far from the foodplant.

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Flight periods

One generation a year: July.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Hypericum perforatum, Hypericum hirsutum and Hypericum tetrapterum

Different species of Hypericum.

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Many kinds of habitat; no special preference.

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