Thursday, 12 June 2014

Psychoides verhuella

You may remember back on May 24th I posted images of harts-tongue fern with feeding signs from the tiny micro moth group Psychoides, saying it's either verhuella or filicivora and now was the time to go and look for yourself. Well, this evening, the first adult has emerged and it is P. verhuella. It's full black without any tornal spot. Attached first is an image to remind you of how I kept the fern fronds and second a couple of images showing the adult. Ina, details will be with the next Mapmate sync at the end of the year. I see no reason why this moth shouldn't be all over the county. Make a note to go and look late May next year. Peter Hall
Image from May24th
June 12th 2014

Psychoides verhuella

2 comments:

  1. Hart's tongue fern is not quite all over the County! Loads on the coast not so much here in the hillier east. The 2 bits in my garden are growing in cement mortar so wondering if the spores blew in from the west as my west windows frequently get covered in salt particles after westerly storms. I shall be looking at it next May.

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  2. Thanks for that Peter, we haven't seen anything on hart's-tongue since you picked it up....but then again, we aint had much chance to look either. ;-)

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