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National Status: Common(alien-foodplant)

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: May-Jun.

Forewing: 12mm

Foodplant: Cypresses, Juniper

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 recorded190519891905
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records34747788
Number of individuals450531006
Unique positions588132
Unique locations549126
Adult records33446760
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 788 records from 126 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


1827 Freyer's Pug 02
© Dave Foot
1827 Freyer's Pug 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

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.

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