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Stenoptilia bipunctidactyla (Scopoli, 1763) Species

Last modified: April 23, 2021, 9:06 a.m.

A local and very rare species in Belgium, mainly known from the southern provinces. Easily confused with other members of the genus.


Family: Pterophoridae > Subfamily: Pterophorinae > Genus: Stenoptilia > Species: Stenoptilia bipunctidactyla
Vernacular names
Tweevlekvedermot (NL)
Stenoptilia plagiodactylus Stainton, 1851
First mention in Belgium
Anonymous 1901. Varia. — Revue mensuelle de la Société entomologique namuroise 1: 36, 44, 48, 55, 60. On page 44.




Wingspan: 17–25 mm.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

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The caterpillar feeds on the flowers and seeds of the hostplant. Pupation takes place on the stem.

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Flight periods

One or more, difficult to separate generations a year: from April to October, with a top in July and August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Knautia arvensis, Scabiosa columbaria, Linaria vulgaris, Succisa pratensis and Antirrhinum orontium

Polyphagous on Dipsacaceae and Scrophulariaceae. Quite some more foodplants have been mentioned in the literature than the ones in the present list, but they need verification.

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Meadows, forest margins and open places in woods.

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