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Stenoptilia zophodactylus (Duponchel, 1840) Species

Last modified: July 7, 2019, 8:46 a.m.

A local and rare species in Belgium, but becoming more common since the beginning of the 21st century. Before only known from two provinces in the north of the country, but widespread now though never common.


Family: Pterophoridae > Subfamily: Pterophorinae > Genus: Stenoptilia > Species: Stenoptilia zophodactylus
Vernacular names
Duizendguldenkruidvedermot (NL)
First mention in Belgium
De Fré Ch. 1858. Catalogue des Microlépidoptères de la Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 2: 45–162. On page 161. view page




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature



The caterpillar feeds on the flowers and seeds. Pupation along the stem of the foodplant.
The adults are active at night ans occasionally come to light.

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Flight periods

Two or three, difficult to separate, generations a year: from June till November.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Centaurium erythraea, Centaurium littorale, Blackstonia perfoliata and Gentianella germanica

Oligophagous on Gentianaceae.

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