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Stenoptilia pelidnodactyla (Stein, 1837) Species

Last modified: April 23, 2021, 9:14 a.m.

A very rare and local species in Belgium. There are no records in the 21st century, so the species might have disappeared from the country.


Family: Pterophoridae > Subfamily: Pterophorinae > Genus: Stenoptilia > Species: Stenoptilia pelidnodactyla
Vernacular names
Steenbreekvedermot (NL)
First mention in Belgium
Lambillion L.-J. 1904e. Lépidoptères nouveaux pour la Belgique. — Revue mensuelle de la Société entomologique namuroise 4: 67. On page 67.




Wingspan: 20–25 mm.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

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The caterpillar lives in the flower buds, flowers and seeds, less commonly also on the leaves.
Pupation on the stem of the food plant.

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Flight periods

Two generation a year: from April to July and September.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Saxifraga granulata

Oligophagous on Saxifragaceae, of all mentioned species in the literature, only Saxifraga granulata occurs in Belgium, but it is possible that the species lives on other Saxifraga * species. Other recorded food plants like: Plantago, Globularia and Gentiana* need verification.

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Open places in forests, grassy slopes.

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