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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jun.

Forewing: 9-13mm

Foodplant: Various 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 recorded19371937
Year last recorded20102010
Number of records2754
Number of individuals70140
Unique positions2142
Unique locations1428
Adult records2550
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 54 records from 28 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1937.


1828 Satyr Pug 02
© Dave Foot
1828 Satyr Pug 01
© Andy Pay/Terry Box, 03 Jun 2005

Species Account

Similar species: 1827 Eupithecia intricata (Freyer's Pug).

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species restricted to southern and eastern England, the larva feeding on the flowers of many plants including knapweed (Centaurea spp.), wild thyme (Thymus polytrichus) and meadow sweet (Filipendula ulmaria). In Dorset, this moth is very local, but sometimes common where it occurs, being easily disturbed by day from its resting-place among open scrub. The stronghold is in north-east Dorset on unimproved grassland on chalky soil, but a single record in central Dorset hints that the species is more widespread in this habitat than records suggest. The species has also been found on unimproved neutral grassland in the Blackmore Vale on ill-drained clay soil. It is likely that overall populations of the moth have reduced in response to the reduction in unimproved grassland habitat. Larvae have been found on common valerian (Valeriana officinalis), but the majority of observations come from habitats where knapweed is abundant. There are no records from the coastal belt.

This species is similar to Freyer's Pug1827. Diagnostics include: a more oblique discal spot; paler ground colour; less chequered fringe; paler second abdominal segment.


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