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Cornish Red Data (2009)

The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.

Agonopterix kuznetzovi

Range & Status

In Europe it was known from Cornwall, the southern Urals and central Kirgizstan (Langmaid & Pelham-Clinton, 1984), but has since been found in Somerset and Dorset (Emmet & Langmaid, 2002). The foodplant Saw-wort Serratula tinctoria occurs widely in Europe, including Britain.

Regional Distribution

First found in Cornwall in 1949 (Boscastle) but identified as A. kuznetzovi only in 1983, a new species for Britain (Langmaid & Pelham-Clinton, 1984). Also recorded from The Lizard e.g. at Mullion, Kynance Cove and Coverack. Apparently absent from the Perranporth/St. Agnes area.

Habitat & Ecology

The larvae at first mine the leaf of Saw-wort, later spinning the leaf into a tube. The adult overwinters, flying in the afternoon in autumn and the spring, occasionally coming to light (Spalding, 1996). Found on the cliffs of Cornwall.


None known.




I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.

The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.