Originally thought a dark form of Prays fraxinella (Ash Bud Moth). Flying later in the year than fraxinella.
DNA barcoding indicates that P. ruficeps is a species distinct from P. fraxinella. The latter does have a dark form but in it the faint fraxinella markings can still be distinguished.
P. ruficeps has an unremittingly black forewing without any underlying sign of ‘fraxinella-ish’ markings, and a ‘rufi’ ‘ceps’, (Red/Brown Head), though this can vary somewhat in the ‘rufi-ness’ of the ‘ceps’.
[John Langmaid, Aug 2013]
(Accepted as a valid species in the new British list 2013)
Recorded in 24 (35%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2010.
Last Recorded in 2020.