Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Uncommon and fairly widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, May-Jun.
|Year first recorded||1959||1985||1959|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||817||60||1754|
|Number of individuals||1378||101||2958|
For the region, we have a total of 1754 records from 300 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1959.
Davey, P., 2009: A species with a general distribution across Britain, the larva feeding on the stamens of the flowers of foxglove (Digitalis purpurea). In Dorset, the moth is common and can be abundant where foxglove grows in large numbers in cleared woodland, old hedgebanks, sheltered grassland, especially on well-drained acid soils. The national norm is for a single brood in May and June, but in Dorset adults are observed on many occasions in July and well into August, for example at Arne, far from Toadflax Pug1816 territory. Abroad, the Foxglove Pug is univoltine, as in the UK, but subspecies intermedia, a whiter and more variegated form, is on the wing between late May and late July. Further research is needed to ascertain whether late-date moths turn out to be this sub-species.