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12.048 (BF200)

Fern Smut   

Psychoides filicivora
Adult: 2

Recording method

Active by day, often flying around the foodplant; occasionally comes to light.

Life cycle

Larvae present April-October, feeding under a mass of spun sporangia – sometimes visible from above as brown blotches.  Adults fly February-December.

Larval foodplants

Ferns including Asplenium species (including Hart’s-tongue Fern), Dryopteris filix-mas and Polystichum setirefum.


First record for Dumfries and Galloway was from Dumfries on 27 August 2020.

9 record(s) from 3 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2022 2021

 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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