Luffia ferchaultella

Alternative names
Virgin Smoke
Description

Only the self-fertile wingless female is known. Possibly a form of Luffia lapidella.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Dampish, shady places with lichen covered tree trunks, posts, branches, or rocks.

When to see it

May to July.

Life History

The cased larvae feed, often gregariously, on lichen on tree trunks and, sometimes, on posts, sloe branches, or rocks. After the moth has emerged, the empty cases, about 6mm long, remain fully exposed on the trunk into the following spring when they can alert attention to the presence of the smaller occupied cases, often concealed in crevices.

UK Status

Luffia ferchaultella is widespread and locally abundant in southern Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

It appears to be uncommon, or under recorded, in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

Reference
11.009 BF185

be our species champion

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map