Tineidae : Teichobiinae
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Photo © Patrick Clement,  Reared from larva found on hart's-tongue fern, Halesowen, VC37

Immature stages

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Psychoides filicivora
Fern Smut
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Psychoides verhuella
Hart's-tongue Smut

Bruand, 1853199 / 12.047

Fairly common resident.
Asplenium scolopendrium, and other Asplenium Sp. and ferns.
Flies June/July with larva feeding from August to June at first mining, making pale blotches, then on the sporangia under a frond of harts-tongue fern, in a case camouflaged with sporangia to resemble a sorus. Pupating in the case, often on the midrib.
Fresh cases have a keel similar to an upturned boat.
Larvae have black head and plate.

Recorded in 28 (20%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1887.
Last Recorded in 2020.
(Data up to end 2020)
Additional Stats

Wingspan: 9-12mm
Flight: June
Foodplant:   Fern - Hart's-tongue, Spleenwort, Rustyback
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2020)
Date#VC10k Area
01/12/20202VC37 - WorcestershireSO66 -
15/06/20201VC36 - HerefordshireSO73
07/06/20201VC36 - HerefordshireSO44
19/04/20203VC40 - ShropshireSJ22 -
14/03/20202VC36 - HerefordshireSO73 -
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