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Stenoptilia aridus (Zeller, 1847) Species

Last modified: April 23, 2021, 9:03 a.m.

A very local and rare species in Belgium, only known from the extreme south of the country, the Gaume.


Family: Pterophoridae > Subfamily: Pterophorinae > Genus: Stenoptilia > Species: Stenoptilia aridus
Vernacular names
Akkerleeuwenbekvedermot (NL)
Stenoptilia picardi Gibeaux & Nel, 1986
First mention in Belgium
De Prins W. 1989. Enkele soorten Microlepidoptera nieuw voor de Belgische fauna (Lepidoptera: Opostegidae, Ochsenheimeriidae, Coleophoridae, Gelechiidae, Cochylidae, Pterophoridae). — Phegea 17(2): 49–52. On page 51 (as picardi). view page




Wingspan: 18–20 mm.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

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Not much is known about the biology of this species, also because of the confusion and species delimitation in this difficult Stenoptilia group of species.
The synonymy of Stenoptilia aridus and S. picardi has not been established with certainty yet.

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Flight periods

One long generation a year, or perhaps two difficult to separate generations: from April till October.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Succisa pratensis and Antirrhinum orontium

Oligophagous on Scrophulariaceae, Dipsacacea, ... but many recorded food plants in the literature do not occur in Belgium.

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