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Psychoides filicivora
Fern Smut
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Psychoides verhuella
Hartís-tongue Smut

Bruand, 185312.047/199
Norfolk status
Mainly a westerly distribution in England and Wales, where it is local in damp, shady woodland.

Adult moths are day-flying and similar to the other fern feeding Psychoid, P. filicivora but show a violet tinge and lack the white tornal spot.

New for Norfolk in 2014 when several specimens where collected and bred from Phyllitis scolopendrium (Hart's-tongue Fern) in a Heacham garden. (P. Cobb, collected 10/04/14, emerged 13/05/14)

Leaf-mine: Mines the frond at first, then feeding in sporangia in the spring, Most common on Phyllitis (Hart's-tongue Fern)

Recorded in 5 (7%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2014.
Last Recorded in 2018.
Additional Stats

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Psychoides verhuella (male) Heacham. Ex Phyllitis 10.iv.2014. Imago 13.v.2014. Leg. P. Cobb. Gen. Det. J. Wheeler - Norfolk First.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
19/12/2018127TG20 - Norwich
17/11/2018+27TG04 - Blakeney/Cley
05/11/2017+27TG04 - Blakeney/Cley
24/06/2016+28TF63 - Snettisham/Dersingham
26/12/2015+28TF63 - Snettisham/Dersingham
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Wingspan: 9-12mm
Season: June
Foodplant:   Fern - Hart's-tongue, Spleenwort, Rustyback
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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