Cnaemidophorus rhododactyla

Cnaemidophorus is a butterfly genus from the family of spring moths ( Pterophoridae ). The generic name could easily by the lizard genus Cnemidophorus be confused.

  • 4.1 Synonyms
  • 5.1 Notes and references


The moths are colored orange -brown, the kind occurring in Europe Cnaemidophorus rhododactyla reaches a wingspan of 18-26 millimeters. The front wings are two-fold, cut the hind wings three times. On the hind wings is located at the apex of the third wing flap a shed tooth. The Costaldreieck is well developed. On the fore wings the vein R1 is formed. The palps are short and slender and have a highly -trained base segment.


A representative of the genus Cnaemidophorus is on the northern hemisphere ( Holarctic ), with the exception of the far north common, a species occurs in the Afrotropical (Madagascar ) and a type is in the Neotropics (Colombia ) home.

Way of life

The caterpillars feed on various rose species such as the dog rose (Rosa canina ), the burnet rose ( Rosa spinosissima ) and other kinds of roses, among which are also cultured species.

Flight time

The type occurring in Europe Cnaemidophorus rhododactyla forms a generation in which flies from June to August. The moths are nocturnal and are attracted by the light.


The genus Cnaemidophorus are currently three types are assigned, one of which is also found in Central Europe. The type species Cnaemidophorus rhododactyla was described by Denis & Schiffermueller 1775 as Alucita rhododactyla.

  • Cnaemidophorus horribilis Gibeaux, 1996 Madagascar
  • Cnaemidophorus rhododactyla ( Denis & Schiffer Müller, 1775) Holarctic
  • Cnaemidophorus smithi Gielis, 1992 Columbia


  • Cnemidophorus Zeller, 1867
  • Eucnernidophorus Wallengren, 1881
  • Euenemidophorus Pierce & Metcalfe, 1938