Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common(alien-foodplant)
Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: May-Jun.
Foodplant: Cypresses, Juniper
|Year first recorded||1905||1989||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||347||47||788|
|Number of individuals||450||53||1006|
For the region, we have a total of 788 records from 126 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
Similar species: 1828 Eupithecia satyrata (Satyr Pug).
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A species limited to southern England, the larva feeding on cypress (Cupressaceae spp.). In Dorset, this rather large and well-marked Pug is well established in most areas of human habitation where it feeds on monterey cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa), leyland cypress (Cupressocyparis leylandii) and lawson's cypress (Chamaecyparis lawsonii) planted as hedges. Lawson's cypress is occasionally block planted as a forestry crop, and two adults trapped in Wareham Forest indicate colonisation well away from suburbia.