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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Mar-May.

Forewing: 10-12mm.

Foodplant: Pedunculate Oak and Sessile Oak. Hawthorns.

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 recorded1959200719861959
Year last recorded2011201020112011
Number of records88721662110
Number of individuals2691313136070
Unique positions172214376
Unique locations133214298
Adult records84721632024
Immature records1014

For the region, we have a total of 2110 records from 298 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1959.


1852 Brindled Pug 05
© Martin Wood
1852 Brindled Pug 04
© Gillian Nash, March 2016
1852 Brindled Pug 02
© Martin Cade, 20 Apr 2011
1852 Brindled Pug 03
© Dave Foot
1852 Brindled Pug 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

Similar species: 1853 Eupithecia dodoneata (Oak-tree Pug).

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A common species in Britain, the larva feeding on oak (Quercus spp.). In Dorset, the moth is common wherever oak grows, particularly so in old woods. The species is notably frequent in districts where mature hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) occurs such as at Gaunts Common and at Merley, and this may well be an alternative foodplant for the species as it is on the Continent.

The Brindled Pug is one of the earliest 'brown' Pugs to be on the wing, and, apart from the Oak-tree Pug1853, which is smaller, is unlikely to be confused with any other species.


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