Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Stenoptilia graphodactyla

Stenoptilia graphodactyla (Treitschke, 1833)


Larva among some strongly folded spun leaves.

host plants

Gentianaceae, monophagous

Gentiana asclepiadea.

Only host plant (Schmid)


Hering (1957a) writes of two generations, with living larvae in autumn and in June, but according to Gielis (1996a) moths fly only in July and August, which implies a single generation.


BE recorded (Phegea, 2011).

NE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2011).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2011).

distribution within Europe

From Germany and Poland to the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, and Bulgaria (Fauna Europaea, 2011).


Older larvae pale green with a dark dorsal line and the other length lines whitish. Also see Schmid.


Stenoptilia graphodactylus.


Bigot, Nel & Picard (2009a), Bigot & Picard (2008a), Gielis (1996a), Hering (1957a), Schmid (2019a), Schütze (1931a), Szőcs (1977a).

Last modified 27.i.2023