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Agonopterix ciliella (Stainton, 1849)

A rather common species in many areas of Belgium, less observed in the south. Can be separated from A. heracliana by its greater size and by the presence of 5 faint grey lines in the hindwing cilia (see More pictures).

The larva lives in spun or rolled leaves on Angelica sylvestris, Daucus, Heracleum sphondylium, Selinum, Silaum, Chaerophyllum, Pastinaca, Anthriscus, Peucedanum palustre or Meum. It pupates in a cocoon in the earth.

The adults fly from July till May. They hibernate as an adult. They come to light but especially to sugar.


Belgium, Luxembourg, Nassogne, 21 July 2005.
(Photo © Chris Steeman)

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