11.012 .... B&F 0186
Psyche casta (Pallas, 1767)
Status .....Very common in the Sherwood Forest area and relatively widespread in Nottinghamshire woodlands, but also now found away from wooded areas on some former colliery sites. Like most Psychidae moths, the adults are short-lived and the females are wingless. In June 2018, we took a captive reared female to Clipstone Old Quarter and within minutes, she had attracted five males.
Adult female and accompanying males, photographed at Clipstone Old Quarter June 2018
Adult female photographed at Sherwood Forest June 2012
Male photographed at Sherwood Forest May 2007   Adult female photographed at Sherwood Forest June 2005
Selection of larval cases, photographed at various Sherwood Forest sites.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Psyche casta
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Lound Moth Group. Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. Stephen Palmer. Martin Gray. Nick and Samantha Brownley.

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Updated January 2024
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