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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Apr-Jun.

Forewing: 8-11mm.

Foodplant: Hawthorn, Oak

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 recorded1966200719871966
Year last recorded2011200720112011
Number of records424149948
Number of individuals6341641398
Unique positions13619292
Unique locations108110238
Adult records394149888
Immature records2004

For the region, we have a total of 948 records from 238 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1966.


1853 Oak-tree Pug 03
© Julian Francis
1853 Oak-tree Pug 02
© Paul Harris
1853 Oak-tree Pug 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

Similar species: 1852 Eupithecia abbreviata (Brindled Pug).

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: Local in England and Wales, the larva feeding on the calyx of hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) hips, and oak (Quercus spp.). In Dorset, the moth is common where hawthorn abounds and is frequent in oak woods. The national norm is a single brood in May and early June, but in Dorset the first brood is on the wing from mid-April until the end of May. A partial second generation occurs in mid-summer, with regular records from Puddletown, Merley and Trigon in recent years.

The moth is similar to the Brindled Pug1852. Diagnostics include: smaller; less pointed apex; ground colour whitish-grey (not brownish-grey); longer dark dashes where veins intersect with post median band.


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