Globally, this genus has seven species distributed across the holarctic region. In Britain there are two species. The genus is absent from Ireland.

The genus Stethomostus can be characterised as follows. The pedicel of the antenna (second segment) is longer than it is wide and the first flagellomere is longer than the second. The post-genal carina is only developed for a short length below the level of the eye. The prepectus is presented as a raised shoulder and a furrow separates it from the mesepisternum. On the forelegs, the tibial spurs are bifurcate at their tips. The forewing has the stub-vein 2A+3A straight at the apex. The hindwing lacks the apical cross-vein m-cu such that cell M appears absent.

Larvae feed on Ranunculaceae.

Species list:

Stethomostus fuliginosus (Schrank, 1781)

Stethomostus funereus (Klug, 1816)


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