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11.012 ~ 0186 ~ Psyche casta
UK Status

Resident. Found throughout the UK, quite common in the south, becoming more scarce further north.

Montgomeryshire Status

First recorded in 2011 in the west of the county at Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve.

Wingspan :   M, 11-15mm. F. Wingless.

Confusion species

Other species within the genus.
Flight time & Voltinity (Univoltine)


Wherever the foodplant is found.


Grass, lichen and decaying plant matter.

Lifestage data

Case-bearing. Eggs laid in larval case. Larva forms a portable case from which it will feed. Pupa formed inside the case which is then attached to a tree or fence.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MW, 20th June 2011, Cors Dyfi

Photo by MW, 22nd June 2011, Cors Dyfi
Pic shows larval case.