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Agonopterix propinquella (Treitschke, 1835) Species

Last modified: Sept. 6, 2023, 8:14 p.m.

A rather common species in the northern part of Belgium, a rather rare species in the south.


Family: Depressariidae > Subfamily: Depressariinae > Genus: Agonopterix > Species: Agonopterix propinquella
Vernacular names
Zwartvlekkaartmot (NL), Distel-Flachleibmotte (DE)
First mention in Belgium
De Fré Ch. 1858. Catalogue des Microlépidoptères de la Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 2: 45–162. On page 128. view page




Wingspan: 16-19 mm.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


The young larva mines the underside of a leaf, visible from above as a brown patch.
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Later instars of the caterpillar spin a slight web on the underside of the leaves.
Pupation in autumn in the feeding place or in a cocoon in the earth close to the food plant.
The species hibernates in the adult stage. The moths hide during the day but become active in the evening. The occasionally come to light.

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Flight periods

One generation a year: from September till July of the following year.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Cirsium vulgare and Cirsium arvense
Host plant (genera):
Carduus, Arctium, Centaurea and Serratula

Several species of thistles with a preference for Cirsium vulgare or C. arvense.

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Ruderal places, open grassland, waste ground.

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