Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Nb
Local Status: Rare and very local resident.
Local Record: Grade 4 See here for explanation
Flight time: Jun-Jul.
|Year first recorded||1886||1886|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011|
|Number of records||29||58|
|Number of individuals||52||104|
For the region, we have a total of 58 records from 22 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1886.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A very local species restricted to the southern and western coasts in Britain, the larva feeding on the flowers of wild thyme (Thymus polytrichus). In Dorset, the moth is very local, at low density and restricted to Portland, Durlston and Ballard Down. Old records indicate that the species occupied the same localities in areas of unimproved dry short-turf grassland on chalky soil. The following technique was evidently productive in days gone by, and may be the best way to yield additional localities for this potentially under-recorded Pug: Durlston, fifty adult moths beaten from the bramble-breaks in fields beyond lighthouse on 23 June 1884 (Reverend E Bankes). It is recommended that this species be included in habitat management plans for SSSIs that comprise unimproved grassland on Purbeck and on Portland, and to set grazing levels that promote thyme-rich grassland.