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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-mid Aug..

Forewing: 8-9mm.

Foodplant: Traveller's-joy.

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 recorded195319891953
Year last recorded201119892011
Number of records3831768
Number of individuals64111284
Unique positions741150
Unique locations491100
Adult records3381678
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 768 records from 100 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1953.


1813 Haworth's Pug 02
© Tom Morris
1813 Haworth's Pug 01
© Debra Saunders

Species Account

Similar species: 1814 Eupithecia plumbeolata (Lead-coloured Pug) and 1821 Eupithecia valerianata (Valerian Pug) .

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species found in England and Wales, the larva feeding on the flower buds of traveller's joy (Clematis vitalba). In Dorset, the moth is common where traveller's joy grows in woods, plantations and hedges, mostly on soils with high calcium content.

This species is similar to Valerian Pug1821 and Lead-coloured Pug1814. Diagnostics include: small; a sharply-angled median line touching the small discal spot; an overall brownish ground colour; several brick-red abdominal segments.


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