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National Status: Local(alien-foodplant)

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed and restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Aug-Sep.

Forewing: 8-10mm.

Foodplant: Monterey Cyprus and other cultivated spp.

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 recorded196119871961
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records558471210
Number of individuals568551246
Unique positions7616184
Unique locations6215154
Adult records44944986
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 1210 records from 154 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1961.


1855 Cypress Pug 02
© Gillian Nash, September 1915
1855 Cypress Pug 01
© Dave Foot

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: First recorded in Cornwall in 1959, the Channel Isles the following year and now widespread in southern Britain, the larva feeding on monterey cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa) and leyland cypress (Cupressus leylandii). The first Cypress Pug in Dorset was found at Swanage by John Langmaid and R Hayward on 23 September 1961. The species was not seen again until 1975 when a colony was noted at Furzebrook. Only from 1982 did the moth begin to appear in other localities, but always close to the coast. At the present time the moth remains restricted to coastal districts where it is widespread but at low density. Occasional singletons turn up elsewhere, but as yet there is no indication that the species has managed to make inroads into the heart of the county, unlike two other cypress-feeding colonists, namely, the Cypress Carpet1771.1 and the Blair's Shoulder-knot2240. The national norm is for a single brood in August and September, and this is the case in Dorset, but individuals noted in June and July, and again in October and November, suggest an occasional partial bivoltine cycle too.

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