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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.

Forewing: 10-12mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous 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 recorded1953200719831953
Year last recorded2011200720112011
Number of records6041621334
Number of individuals8984661936
Unique positions18418386
Unique locations13219284
Adult records5341621194
Immature records1002

For the region, we have a total of 1334 records from 284 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1953.


1837 Grey Pug 04 larva
© Gillian Nash, Sept 2015
1837 Grey Pug 03
© Gillian Nash, June 2015
1837 Grey Pug 02
© Les Hill
1837 Grey Pug 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

Similar species: 1835 White-spotted Pug Eupithecia tripunctaria, 1851 Golden-rod Pug Eupithecia virgaureata and 1856 Larch Pug Eupithecia lariciata.

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: Common across much of Britain, apart from northern Scotland, the larva feeding on the flowers and leaves of a wide range of plants. In Dorset, the moth occurs in most deciduous habitats and it is often common.

Similar species is: Larch Pug1856. Diagnostics include: smaller discal spot; less sharply angled post-median line where it curves around the discal spot.


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