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Stenoptilia pneumonanthes (Büttner, 1880) Species

Last modified: Feb. 4, 2022, 12:21 p.m.

A very rare and local species in Belgium, only known from the Kempen area where its foodplant grows.


Family: Pterophoridae > Subfamily: Pterophorinae > Genus: Stenoptilia > Species: Stenoptilia pneumonanthes
Vernacular names
Genitaanvedermot (NL), Enzian-Federmotte (DE)
First mention in Belgium
De Crombrugghe G. 1906a. Catalogue raisonné des Microlépidoptères de Belgique. — Mémoires de la Société entomologique de Belgique XIII: 1–172; XIV: 1–155. On page 58.




Wingspan: 17–22 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


The caterpillar feeds on the flowers and young seed capsules.
Pupation on the larval food plant.

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Flight periods

One generation a year: from the end of June till mid-September.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Gentiana pneumonanthe

Monophagous. The species might also live on Gentiana cruciata, so the limestone area in the south of Belgium should be explored in more detail and also the wet heath lands in the Kempen.


Open, dry, sandy areas, heathland, marshes, moorlands.

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