Agonopterix propinquella

Alternative names
Black-spot Flat-body

Wingspan 16 to19mm.

Identification difficulty

Areas where the larval foodplants are found.

When to see it

The adults emerge in a single generation in September, and hibernate through the winter, re-emerging in spring. The moth often comes to light.

Life History

The eggs of this species are laid on a leaf of Creeping Thistle or Spear Thistle with the larvae mining the underside if the leaf, until a late instar where it feeds in a web under the midrib of the leaf, causing visible blotching on the upperside. The larvae pupate in August, usually amongst the leaf litter, occasionally within the web.

UK Status

The species is found locally in England, Wales and southern Scotland. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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