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Agonopterix nanatella (Stainton, 1849) Species

Last modified: Feb. 24, 2023, 1:29 p.m.

A very local and rare species in Belgium, rarely observed as imago.


Family: Depressariidae > Subfamily: Depressariinae > Genus: Agonopterix > Species: Agonopterix nanatella
Vernacular names
Driedistelkaartmot (NL), Carline Flat-body (EN)
First mention in Belgium
Fologne E. 1863. Addenda au catalogue des Lépidoptères de Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 7: 87–93. On page 91. view page




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


Light green or yellowish green; head capsule and prothoracic plate black; pinaculas black.



The first instar makes a mine on the upperside of a leaf. Usually later instars feed externally on the leaves which they roll upwards so that the silvery underside of the leaves are seen. In some cases, it has been observed that the caterpillars keep mining throughout a much longer period of their life.
Pupation amongst leaf litter or in the ground near the base of the foodplant.
The species hibernates as an adult. Adults are rarely seen.

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Flight periods

One generation a year: from July, hibernating, till April.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Carlina vulgaris

Monophagous on Carlina vulgaris.

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Xerothermic limestone areas.

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