Morley’s Final Catalogue: Discovered on hawthorn stems at Aldeburgh in 1892 (Crutwell).
Recent Status: A scarce species in Suffolk.
Life Style: A single brooded Psychid that flies during the day and night and comes to light during May, June and July. The larvae feed from a portable case on insect remains, algae, moss, fungi and lichen. They may take two years to reach maturity and will pupate in the larval case on the ground, a fence or tree trunk.
Identification: Males and females are similar. The antennae are ciliate. The rough scaled head is brown. The wings are quite broad dark fuscous with white or cream spots coalescing into vague fasciae. One in particularly form a central well formed mark on the dorsum to a smaller one on the costa. There are other costal marks. The cilia are barred. The larval case is triangular in cross section and tapering at both ends. There is a hard inner case and an outer structure incorporating insect parts, lichen, sand, etc. More Info
Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.
Recorded in 7 (12%) of 58 10k Squares. First Recorded in 1892. Last Recorded in 2019. Additional Stats