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.
larval tube amongst heather
New Forest, 26 v 2013 Photo: Tony Davis
Although recorded in Sussex, the database has not as yet, been updated to include these records.