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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time:

Forewing: F wingless.

Foodplant: Lichens.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded20051993
Year last recorded20142013
Number of records95
Number of individuals567
Unique positions83
Unique locations73
Adult records11
Immature records84

For the county, we have a total of 14 records from 10 sites. First recorded in 1993.


0185 Luffia ferchaultella 04 larva
© Andy Nunn
0185 Luffia ferchaultella 03 larva
© Andy Nunn
0185 Luffia ferchaultella 02 larva
© Derek Parkinson
0185 Luffia ferchaultella 01 larval case
© Dave Shenton

Species Account

Most records are of larval cases. In Britain, only self-fertile females recorded, and no males.

Beaumont, 2002:
VC64. Cottingham, 25.6.1993, many larval cases among lichen, det. HEB (D.H. Smith), many female moths reared by HEB. NEW COUNTY RECORD.

Argus 50, 2005: This moth is listed under the above name as in the British check list but it is now considered to be a parthenogenetic form of L. lapidella (Goeze).
VC61. Heslington, larval cases 8 & 11.4.2005 (EDC). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2013 (CHF): The current (2013) British checklist still has this as a good species. There has been an increase in records of this moth recently in central Yorkshire. The larval cases are quite distinctive - round in cross section in the shape of a tilted cone and covered with fine material. The colour varies from green to black and there may be rings of different colours.

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