The Moths of Suffolk
186 Psyche casta, (Pallas, 1767)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local, but most probably under-recorded

Habitats : In a variety of habitats

Flight Period : Single-brooded, May to July

Larval foodplants : Grass, lichen and decaying plant matter

Morley's Final Catalogue : Bentley Woods (Mly, Gibbs); Southwold in 1897 (Ctw); larval-cases not uncommon at Ampton and West Stow in 1911 (Nurse). Coddenham, &c. probably general.

Wingspan details : Wingspan male 11-15mm, female wingless


Confusion species
    AdultBacotia claustrellaLuffia lapidella
Psyche crassiorellaProutia betulina
Epichnopterix plumellaAcanthopsyche atra
Pachythelia villosella
    Larval casePsyche crassiorella
Proutia betulina
Epichnopterix plumella
Epichnopterix retiella

Compare confusion species
    Larval case

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Bentley, Suffolk (27.iii.2003) © A Prichard

Flight chart
42 14 100

Life history chart
larva larva larva larva ovalarvapupaimago ovapupaimago larva larva larva larva larva

Further Photographs

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Newbourne Springs, Suffolk ( © A Prichard
Belton Nine Acre Wood, Suffolk ( © Brian Jones
Ipswich, Suffolk ( © Neil Sherman
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Dungeness, Kent (3.viii.2013) © Neil Sherman