Tineidae : Teichobiinae
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Psychoides filicivora
Fern Smut
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Psychoides verhuella
Hart's-tongue Smut

Bruand, 1853199 / 12.047

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Ubiquitous. Numerous larval-cases on Higham churchyard wall in 1934 (R. Burn, sec. Mus. Brit.); Mutford Hall on a lichened gate, and Monks Soham garden in 1935 (Mly).

Recent Status: No recent records.

Life Style: A single brooded species flying from May to July. The larvae feed on Asplenium scolopendrium and also other Asplenium species and Polystichum setiferum. They pupate in the larval case at the base of the foodplant.

Identification: The moth is a broad winged Tineid that is unicolorous dark fuscous to black with a violet or purple sheen. The larvae initially create a blotch mine before leaving the blotch and constructing a portable case covered with sporangia. They continue to mine blotches from this. As they mature the case is constructed from silk and includes the walls of a sorus that they cut off. This is covered with sporangia. They pupate in a cocoon inside this later case at the base of the foodplant. More Info

Recorded in 1 (2%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1935.
Last Recorded in 1935.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
1935+25TM26 - Framlingham/Dennington
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Wingspan: 9-12mm
Flight: June
Foodplant:   Fern - Hart's-tongue, Spleenwort, Rustyback
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult
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