Tineidae : Teichobiinae
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Photo © Oliver Wadsworth,  Buckland VC33. Ex larva on Hearts tongue fern. Emerged 04/2021

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

(Meyrick, 1937)200 / 12.048

Locally common resident.
Larvae feed on ferns, especially Asplenium scolopendrium and Polystichium setiferum.
Imagines can be found at almost any time of year. Day-flying around food plant and sometimes coming to light.
Larvae feed on sporangia after a short mining phase.
Differs from P.verhuella in that the larvae hide under an untidy mass of spun sporangia and have brown Head. Imagines have a white, tornal spot.

Recorded in 42 (30%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2005.
Last Recorded in 2020.
(Data up to end 2020)
Additional Stats

Wingspan: 10-12mm
Flight: Extended generations Spring-Autumn
Foodplant:   Ferns
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2020)
Date#VC10k Area
29/11/20202VC40 - ShropshireSJ22 -
11/11/20201VC37 - WorcestershireSO98
13/10/2020+VC36 - HerefordshireSO74 -
11/10/2020+VC37 - WorcestershireSO66 -
21/08/20201VC37 - WorcestershireSO87
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