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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very rare, no recent record.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Sep.

Forewing: 9-11mm

Foodplant: Common Juniper, Prostrate Juniper, cypresses

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 recorded19071907
Year last recorded19641964
Number of records24
Number of individuals24
Unique positions24
Unique locations24
Adult records12
Immature records12

For the region, we have a total of 4 records from 4 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1907.


1854 Juniper Pug 01 melanic
© Dave Foot

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on the needles and flowers of juniper (Juniperus spp.). In Dorset, the moth is likely to be extinct. Juniper was once scattered across the county on most soil types, but agriculture and forestry have virtually eradicated the plant. All that remains is several ancient bushes on Ackling Dyke in the far north-east of the county: Wych Heath, four adults beaten from juniper on 20 August 1889, two adults beaten from juniper on 23 August 1889, two larvae and two adults from juniper on 15 April 1890, larvae from juniper on 12 May 1890, two adults from 17 September 1894 (Reverend E Bankes et al), Bushey, two larvae on 11 May 1891 (Reverend E Bankes), Lytchett, Lytchett Heath House grounds, larva on juniper on 27 May 1907 (Reverend E Bankes), Stalbridge, at light on 26 July 1936 (A Russell), Iwerne Minster, at MV light on 17 July 1964 (H Moore).

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