rare species in Belgium, hitherto only known from 2 provinces. As with
other Psychids, this species is probably underrecorded.
larva feeds on lichens growing on tree-trunks and lives in a small
case. It is attached to bark in such a way that it simulates exactly a
bud and thereby making detection very difficult. It hibernates in
the case and pupates in it.
adults fly in June and July. The moths are mainly active in the
morning sunshine. The female is apterous.
Gelderland, Ede, Planken Wambuis, 07 April 2006.
(Photo © Jeroen Voogd)