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Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Na

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 11-13mm.

Foodplant: Yellow Loosestrife.

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 recorded193419981934
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records72462
Number of individuals83892
Unique positions5622
Unique locations5520
Adult records32046
Immature records3210

For the region, we have a total of 62 records from 20 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1934.


1863 Dentated Pug 01
© Dave Foot

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species in England, the larva feeding on yellow loosestrife (Lysimachia vulgaris). In Dorset, yellow loosestrife is a local plant that grows by rivers and streams chiefly within the dampest parts of the Poole basin. The habitats occupied by this large and rather rare Pug include wet alder woods next to the Moors River, wet ditches along open woodland rides at Holt Heath, flushed bog at Stoborough Heath, and reed beds and wetland at Holton Heath. There are historical records from Chamberlaynes in fen habitat on the River Piddle and from Norden among fen and reedbed on the Corfe River. The larvae seem to prefer shaded, even lightly wooded habitat, rather than open situations. It is recommended that this species be included in management plans for wetland sites containing viable stocks of yellow loosestrife.

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