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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 8-11mm.

Foodplant: Crab Apple, Apple, Pear, Hawthorn, Blackthorn and Cherry.

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 recorded195519871955
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records1991894160
Number of individuals36781097574
Unique positions24714522
Unique locations18815406
Adult records1703873580
Immature records204

For the region, we have a total of 4160 records from 406 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.


1860 Green Pug 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, common in the south, less so further north, the larva feeding on blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), apple (Malus spp.), pear (Pyrus communis) and wild cherry (Prunus avium). In Dorset, the moth is widespread and common, rising to abundant in blackthorn thickets. Elsewhere, the moth is frequent among orchards and in gardens where fruit trees grow. It is absent from core heathland.

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