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12.047 Psychoides verhuella Bruand, 1853
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exuviae (top right)


Food Plant: Phyllitis scolopendrium (Hart's-tongue Fern), Asplenium (Spleenwort) and Ceterach (Rustyback)

Mine: August - June

Notes: Mines the frond at first, then feeding in sporangia in the spring. Later spins a case from empty sporangia and ultimately pupates in this (exuviae are shown top right). Most common on Phyllitis. Has a westerly distibution in England and Wales

Data: v.2008, Nantyffyllon, Maesteg, Glamorgan (VC41)

Image:© Paul Parsons

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