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Parapoynx stratiotata (Linnaeus, 1758) Species

Last modified: Feb. 7, 2022, 1:32 p.m.

A fairly common species throughout Belgium, but restricted to wet habitats.


Family: Crambidae > Subfamily: Acentropinae > Genus: Parapoynx > Species: Parapoynx stratiotata
Vernacular names
Krabbenscheermot (NL), Ringed China-mark (EN), Wasseraloe-Zünsler (DE)
First mention in Belgium
De Sélys-Longchamps E. 1844. Énumération des insectes Lépidoptères de la Belgique. — Mémoires de la Société royale des Sciences de Liége 2: 1–35. On page 19 (as stratiolalis). view page




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


The larva feeds below the surface of the water between spun leaves of several aquatic plant species. It hibernates. Pupation takes place in a large, pinkish, oval cocoon attached to a stem or debris.
The adults are active at dusk and later come to light.

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Flight periods

One long extended generation a year: from the end of May till early September.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Myriophyllum spicatum, Stratiotes aloides, Ceratophyllum demersum, Callitriche palustris, Trapa natans, Potamogeton crispus, Nymphaea alba, Alisma plantago-aquatica and Myriophyllum verticillatum
Host plant (genera):
Elodea and Hydrocharis

Polyphagous on several foodplants, even from different plant families. However, the main foodplant is Myriophyllum spicatum.

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Wet habitats, lakes, ponds, swamps, small rivers.

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