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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nb

Local Status: Probable migrant/wanderer.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 7.5-8.5mm.

Foodplant: Bilberry.

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 recorded20012001
Year last recorded20012001
Number of records12
Number of individuals12
Unique positions12
Unique locations12
Adult records12
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 2 records from 2 sites. Earliest record on file is in 2001.


1861 Bilberry Pug 03 larvae
© Jack Oughton
1861 Bilberry Pug 02
© Jack Oughton
1861 Bilberry Pug 01
© Jack Oughton

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A very local species restricted to southern and western districts of England and Wales, the larva feeding on bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus). In Dorset, bilberry is distinctly local occurring in old woods and on dry ridges or banks on sandy soils. No Bilberry Pugs have been found in any site harbouring the host food plant. However, a single moth was recorded many kilometres from bilberry habitat during a period of notable migrant activity: Trigon, at MV light on 4 July 2001 (C Manley).

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