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Psychoides filicivora
Fern Smut (Meyrick, 1937)
Tineidae: Teichobiinae
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Photo © Martin Greenland,  28/05/2012 - Acle Rectory

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Similar Norfolk Species: None
Wingspan: 10-12mm
Flight: Extended generations Spring-Autumn
Foodplant:   Ferns
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
Norfolk Status
Discovered in Ireland in 1909, with the first UK record in 1940.
Mainly coastal distribution in the west of England.

First records from East Anglia at Dersingham, Norfolk (R.Jones, 2010) and also at Cromer (R,Lee, 2010).

Larval cases recently found at Dersingham.

It is possible that the species was originally introduced from abroad with imported ferns. Often found indoors, the moths fly at any time.

Recorded in 18 (26%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2010.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
16/10/2020128TF63 - Snettisham/Dersingham
27/05/2020128TF92 - Fakenham/Ryburgh
25/05/2020128TF63 - Snettisham/Dersingham
20/05/2020128TF92 - Fakenham/Ryburgh
15/05/2020228TF92 - Fakenham/Ryburgh
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