Dolicharthria punctalis

Dolicharthria punctalis
Adult, Roussillon (France)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Crambidae
Genus: Dolicharthria
Species: D. punctalis
Binomial name
Dolicharthria punctalis
(Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

Pyralis punctalis Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775
Stenia punctalis (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) (but see text)

The Long-legged China-mark (Dolicharthria punctalis) is a species of moth of the family Crambidae. It is the type species of the proposed genus Stenia, which is usually included in Dolicharthria but may be distinct.[1]

Illustration from John Curtis's British Entomology Volume 6

It is found mainly in Central and Southern Europe, but has been spotted further north. The wingspan is 20–25 mm. The moth flies from May to September depending on the location.

The caterpillars feed on Centaurea (knapweeds), Plantago (plantain herb), Trifolium (clovers), Artemisia vulgaris (Common Wormwood) and even the marine eelgrass Zostera marina. Yet other unusual recorded[2] foods are dry leaves, plant waste, and old roots.


  1. See references in Savela (2009)
  2. Grabe (1942)


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