22.002 .... B&F 0449
Ash Bud Moth Prays fraxinella (Bjerkander, 1784)
Status ..... The typical form of Prays fraxinella is shown below left. There has been much confusion regarding a dark form of Prays fraxinella, (P. fraxinella form rustica) in which the dark markings on the forewing of a typical P.fraxinella, show through a plain dark brown forewing colour. However, this species has now been split and Prays ruficeps shows an all dark forewing, with no darker markings visible and a brown/orange head.

Commonly recorded at MV light at Eakring, many old Eakring records are now thought to have related to Prays ruficeps, which appears to make up most records later in the year.

Prays fraxinella, photographed at Nettleworth Manor July 2013   Prays ruficeps, photographed at Lound Wood August 2012
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Prays fraxinella
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Martin Gray. Tom Shields.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated December 2022

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