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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jun.

Forewing: 11-12mm.

Foodplant: Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Dogwood.

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded196019881960
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records70891434
Number of individuals1122162276
Unique positions1514310
Unique locations1205250
Adult records60291222
Immature records102

For the region, we have a total of 1434 records from 250 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1960.


1819 Mottled Pug 02
© Les Hill
1819 Mottled Pug 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species found throughout England and Wales, but local in Scotland, the larva feeding on hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), blackthorn (Prunus spp.) and dogwood (Cornus sanguinea). In Dorset, the moth is moderately common on chalky soil, but it is also frequent in the blackthorn thickets at West Bexington and at Alner's Gorse, and amongst mature hawthorn at Merley and at Gaunts Common.

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