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12.048 ~ 0200 ~ Psychoides filicivora
UK Status

Resident. Mostly a coastal species found southern England and the west of Wales.

Montgomeryshire Status

This species was first recorded in 2016 at Middletown in the north-east of the county.

Wingspan :   M & F 7-8mm.

Confusion species

Psychoides verhuella.
Flight time & Voltinity (Bivoltine+)


Woodland, gardens.


Spleenwort's and ferns.

Lifestage data

Eggs laid on foodplant. Larva feed on sporangia, causing browning of leaves. Pupates in a white cocoon on the frond.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by DHB, 11th July 2016, Middletown