Psychidae: Psychinae

0185 (ABH11.009) Luffia ferchaultella, (Stephens, 1850)


Beaten from Oak, Monks Wood
Beaten from Oak, Monks Wood
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Beaten from Oak, Monks Wood
 Photo © Peter Bissell

General Information

Only the parthenogenetic (self-fertile) wingless female of this species is known. It is possibly a form of L. lapidella.


The cased larvae feed, often gregariously, on lichen.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a larva.

Foodplant(s): lichen
Flying: One generation, June-July
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Local

Regional Information

Recorded in 40 (14.8%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in November 2019

Recorded date range (Adult): 10 April to 10 April

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 17 January to 18 November

Larva Type:
White, Grey, Brown, Black