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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-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 recorded195319941953
Year last recorded201120062011
Number of records15615342
Number of individuals45518946
Unique positions696150
Unique locations42696
Adult records14915328
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 342 records from 96 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1953.


1840 Shaded Pug 02
© Martin Cade, 16 Jun 2009
1840 Shaded Pug 01
© Dave Foot

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species found throughout southern and eastern England, but local elsewhere, the larva feeding on many plants including hawk's-beard (Crepis spp.), field scabious (Knautia arvensis), small scabious (Scabiosa columbaria), devil's-bit scabious (Succisa pratensis) and ragwort (Senecio spp.). In Dorset, the moth is at locally common on unimproved grassland on chalky soil both on the coast and inland. Elsewhere, it is found sparingly on unimproved acid grassland, for example Hengistbury Head, where smooth hawk's-beard (Crepis capillaris) and ragwort proliferate.

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