Seq # 321280030

Stenoptilia graphodactyla (Treitschke, 1833) Species

Last modified: Feb. 4, 2022, 11:49 a.m.

In Belgium only known from some old records, probably extinct.
The identity of these old specimens should be checked because they might belong to Stenoptilia pneumonanthes (Büttner, 1880) instead.


Family: Pterophoridae > Subfamily: Pterophorinae > Genus: Stenoptilia > Species: Stenoptilia graphodactyla
Vernacular names
Berggentiaanvedermot (NL), Schwalbenwurzenzian-Federmotte (DE)
First mention in Belgium
Sauveur J. 1863. Notes entomologiques. — Annales de la Société Entomologique de Belgique 7: 75–85. On page 85, 93. view page




Wingspan: 20–24 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature

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The caterpillar feeds on the leaves and flowers, these are spun together. Later on also the seed heads are consumed.
Pupation on the stem of the food plant or on a nearby plant.

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Flight periods

One generation a year: July–August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Gentiana pneumonanthe and Gentiana lutea

Oligophagous on Gentiana.

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