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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

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

Forewing: 9-12mm.

Foodplant: Wild Hop, Black Currant, Red Currant.

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 recorded190519881905
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records44221926
Number of individuals40723860
Unique positions824172
Unique locations754158
Adult records34520730
Immature records204

For the region, we have a total of 926 records from 158 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


1832 Currant Pug 03
© Martin Cade, 21 Apr 2011
1832 Currant Pug 02
© Dave Foot
1832 Currant Pug 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

Similar species: 1830 Wormwood Pug Eupithecia absinthiata.

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A generally distributed species in Britain, the larva feeding on the red currant (Ribes rubrum), black currant (Ribes nigrum) and hop (Humulus lupulus). In Dorset, the moth appears to be restricted to currant bushes in allotments, nurseries and gardens where it occurs at low density, and to river valleys containing hop. There are no records from damp woodland containing red currant, a similar situation to that of the Spinach1757.

This species is similar to the Wormwood Pug1830. Diagnostics include: more prominent white tornal spot; a darker 'cat's-pupil' discal spot; shorter but broader forewings; more angled post-median line as it curves round discal spot.


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