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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, Apr-May, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 8-11mm.

Foodplant: Many plants.

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 recorded190519871905
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records1219152468
Number of individuals1491153012
Unique positions2352474
Unique locations1753356
Adult records1049152128
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 2468 records from 356 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


1858 V-Pug 02
© Paul Harris
1858 V-Pug 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: Widespread in England, but local in southern Scotland, the poyphagous larva feeding on the flowers of many plants including dog-rose (Rosa canina), hemp agrimony (Eupatorium cannabinum), yarrow (Achillea millefolium), bramble (Rubus fruticosus), mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris), ragwort (Senecio spp.), and goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea). In Dorset, the moth is widespread and most common on unimproved grassland on chalky soils where dog-rose abounds. It is largely absent from open heathland. The peak of the second brood is on average, almost twice as large as that of the first.

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