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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, Apr-Oct.

Forewing: 10-12mm.

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 recorded190519701905
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records22901154810
Number of individuals25161355302
Unique positions20019438
Unique locations15820356
Adult records18401133906
Immature records204

For the region, we have a total of 4810 records from 356 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


1825 Lime-speck Pug 03
© Gillian Nash, August 2016
1825 Lime-speck Pug 02
© Dave Foot
1825 Lime-speck Pug 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on the flowers of many plants including yarrow (Achillea millefolium), mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris), ragwort (Senecio spp.), knapweed (Centaurea spp.), burnet saxifrage (Pimpinella saxifraga) and traveller's joy (Clematis vitalba). In Dorset, this singular moth is common along the coast where yarrow abounds, and rarest on open heathland and in conifer plantation. Elsewhere, the moth is frequent on unimproved grassland along the Purbeck Ridge and on the north Dorset downs where larvae have been found on burnet saxifrage. The peak of the second brood is on average, three times larger than that of the first.

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