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Psychoides filicivora
Fern Smut

(Meyrick, 1937)200 / 12.048

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Not listed.

Recent Status: A scarce local species in Suffolk. The species is most commonly found at coastal locations across Britain.

Life Style: The species can be found all year round and also indoors. It is thought it may have originated as an adventive species on ferns imported from Japan.. The larvae feed on the sporangia and frond of a variety of fern species. They construct a portable case covered in sporangia and pupate in a tough white cocoon covered in sporangia.

Identification: The moth is a broad winged Tineid. The wings are a dark fuscous to black with a purple or violet sheen. The palps, head, a tornal mark and diffuse spots around the apex and termen are white to yellowish ochre.

Recorded in 4 (7%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2011.
Last Recorded in 2021.
Additional Stats

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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
05/06/2021125TM57 - Southwold
02/10/20201525TM59 - Lowestoft
04/05/2020125TM49 - Somerleyton/Beccles
05/02/2020125TM59 - Lowestoft
05/02/20203025TM59 - Lowestoft
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Wingspan: 10-12mm
Flight: Extended generations Spring-Autumn
Foodplant:   Ferns
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult
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