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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation mid Apr-Jun.

Forewing: 8-10mm

Foodplant: Scots Pine, Lodgepole Pine, Larch.

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 recorded197919851979
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records10024248
Number of individuals14326338
Unique positions40488
Unique locations33474
Adult records9424236
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 248 records from 74 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1979.


1844 Ochreous Pug 03
© Julian Francis
1844 Ochreous Pug 02
© Paul Harris
1844 Ochreous Pug 01
© Paul Harris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A general distributed species in Britain, the larva feeding on the buds and fresh shoots of scots pine (Pinus sylvestris). In Dorset, the moth is locally common on sandy soil amongst scots pine woods. Scots pine either block-planted or in scattered communities away from heathland also harbours the species, for example at Stubhampton Bottom and at Fontmell Down in north Dorset. Diagnostics include: pointed apex; light ochreous grey forewing; conspicuous ovate discal spot.

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