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Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 3.5-5mm.

Foodplant: Hart's-tongue fern. Initially mines fronds, before producing larval case.

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded186920061869
Year last recorded200720062007
Number of records16134
Number of individuals6318
Unique positions14130
Unique locations14130
Adult records204
Immature records318

For the region, we have a total of 34 records from 30 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1869.


0199  Psychoides verhuella 03 (conf. PSterling)
© Gillian Nash, 14 June 2020
0199 Psychoides verhuella 02 larva and case
© Dave Shenton
0199 Psychoides verhuella 01 cases on Hartstongue Fern
© Dave Shenton

Species Account

Similar species: 0200 Psychoides filicivora.

For further information refer UK Moths.


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