Stenoptilia graphodactyla (Treitschke, 1833)


In autumn a short mine that descends into the leaf base, upwon which the larva feeds throughout the winter on the rhizome. Also the young larvae of the second generation shouls make “a small mine”.


Gentianaceae, monophagous

Gentiana clusii, verna.


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 lavae pale green with a dark dorsal line and the other length lines whitish.


Gielis (1996a), Hering (1957a), Szőcs (1977a).

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