Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Stenoptilia bipunctidactyla

Stenoptilia bipunctidactyla (Scopoli, 1863)

twin-spot plume

on Knautia, etc.


The larva lives in the flowers, feeding on the ovary (Gielis). However, according to Hart there are two generations of which the first one bores in the basal part of the stemm, while the second one lives in the flowers.

host plants

Caprifoliaceae, oligophagous

Knautia arvensis; Pterocephalus virens; Scabiosa pyrenaica; Succisa pratensis.

Mentioned by Klimesch also from Bellardia trixago (Orobanchaceae)!

distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).

larva, pupa

See Nel.


Stenoptilia plagiodactylus (Stainton, 1851); St. scabiodactylus (Gregson, 1871); St. serotina/serotinus (Zeller, 1852).


Arenberger (2003a), Bigot, Luquet, Nel & Picard (1990a), Bigot, Nel & Picard (2009a), Buhr (1964b), Burger, van Frankenhuyzen, de Goffau & Ulenberg (1984a), Fazekas (1993a), Gielis (1996a), Hart (2011a), Klimesch (1993a), Nel (1996a), Pinzari, Pinzari & Zilli (2013a), Roskam (2019a), Sutter (1991a).

Last modified 12.i.2023