Agonopterix nervosa

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"Depressaria nervosa" redirects here. In older (19th-century) sources, this name is often misapplied to Depressaria daucella.
Agonopterix nervosa
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Adult in Hellerup, Denmark
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Illustration from Stainton’s Natural History of the Tineina
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Depressariidae
Genus: Agonopterix
Species: A. nervosa
Binomial name
Agonopterix nervosa
(Haworth, 1811)

Numerous, see text

The gorse tip moth (Agonopterix nervosa) is a smallish moth species of the family Depressariidae.[1]

Caterpillar (right of center) emerging from foodplant
An inflorescence of Oenanthe crocata with flowers drawn together by larva

It is found in Europe and North America. The wingspan is 16–22 mm. Adults fly from July to September depending on the location.

The caterpillars feed on brooms, namely of the genera Cytisus, Genista, Laburnum (golden chains) and Ulex (gorses).[1]


Obsolete scientific names of the gorse tip moth are:[1]

  • Agonopteryx blackmori Busck, 1922
  • Agonopterix boicella (Freyer, 1835)
  • Depressaria costosa Haworth, 1811
  • Tinea depunctella Hübner, [1813][verification needed])
  • Depressaria dryadoxena Meyrick, 1920
  • Depressaria costosa ab. venosata Kautz, 1930
  • Depressaria nervosa Haworth, 1811
  • Agonopterix rubricella Millière, 1876
  • Depressaria obscurana Weber, 1945
  • Tortrix spartiana Hübner, [1813]


  1. ^ a b c See references in Savela (2008)


  • Savela, Markku (2003): Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and some other life forms – Agonopterix nervosa. Version of 2008-JUL-18. Retrieved 2010-APR-24.

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