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Prays ruficeps
Dark Ash-bud Moth (Heinermann, 1854)
448a / 22.003
Photo © Dave Jones,  04/08/2013 - Stoke Holy Cross

Similar Norfolk Species: None
Wingspan: 14-17mm
Flight: July - Sept
Foodplant:   Ash
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
Norfolk Status

Originally thought a dark form of Prays fraxinella (Ash Bud Moth). Flying later in the year than fraxinella.

DNA barcoding indicates that P. ruficeps is a species distinct from P. fraxinella. The latter does have a dark form but in it the faint fraxinella markings can still be distinguished.

P. ruficeps has an unremittingly black forewing without any underlying sign of ‘fraxinella-ish’ markings, and a ‘rufi’ ‘ceps’, (Red/Brown Head), though this can vary somewhat in the ‘rufi-ness’ of the ‘ceps’.
[John Langmaid, Aug 2013]

(Accepted as a valid species in the new British list 2013)

Recorded in 25 (36%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2010.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
21/09/2020128TF81 - Castle Acre/Litcham
16/09/2020128TF63 - Snettisham/Dersingham
15/09/2020128TF63 - Snettisham/Dersingham
06/09/2020128TF92 - Fakenham/Ryburgh
05/09/2020128TF63 - Snettisham/Dersingham
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