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Scythrididae

917 (Ling Owlet), Scythris empetrella Karsholt & Nielsen, 1976

Status and ecology:

National Status: pRDB2

A proposed Red Data Book species, known from Hampshire, Dorset and Moray. The larvae feed on heathers from within a long silken tube that is buried in loose sand under the foodplants. Never recorded in Sussex but could possibly occur on one of the western heaths.

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larval tube amongst heather
New Forest, 26 v 2013 Photo: Tony Davis

Scythris empetrella Karsholt & Nielsen, 1976

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Although recorded in Sussex, the database has not as yet, been updated to include these records.

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