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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Probable migrant/wanderer, possibly rare resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, May-Jun, Aug.

Forewing: 10-11mm.

Foodplant: Ragworts and Goldenrod.

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 recorded20032003
Year last recorded20042004
Number of records36
Number of individuals24
Unique positions36
Unique locations36
Adult records12
Immature records12

For the region, we have a total of 6 records from 6 sites. Earliest record on file is in 2003.


1851 Golden-rod Pug 01
© Dave Foot

Species Account

Similar species: 1835 White-spotted Pug, 1837 Grey Pug and 1856 Larch Pug.

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species that is most frequently encountered in western Britain, the larva feeding on the flowers of golden-rod (Solidago vigaurea) and ragwort (Senecio jacobaea). There are three site records from Dorset. The following moths appeared at light traps during intense immigrant activity and are thought to have haled from the Continent: West Bexington, on 4 August 2003 (R Eden), Warre Wood, on 10 June 2004 (Dr P Sterling). The third site record was of larvae found in coppiced oak and birch woodland: Piddles Wood, two larvae on golden-rod flowers 19 September 2004, single adult emerged 25 April 2005 (Dr P Sterling). It is recommended that this species be included in habitat management plans for this old woodland site and that coppicing levels are maintained to promote viable stocks of golden-rod in cleared areas.

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