Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Common and widespread resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, Apr-Jun, Jul-Aug.
Foodplant: Trees including Hawthorn and sallows.
|Year first recorded||1905||2007||1987||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2007||2011||2011|
|Number of records||2224||1||81||4612|
|Number of individuals||3526||3||101||7260|
For the region, we have a total of 4612 records from 376 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A common species across Britain, but local in northern Scotland, the polyphagous larva feeding on many plants including sallow (Salix spp.), yarrow (Achillea millefolium), bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), ragwort (Senecio spp.) and hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna). In Dorset, the moth is widespread and common across all habitats and one of the most frequent pugs at the light trap. The moth is double-brooded with a dominant brood in May and June, followed by a smaller second generation from mid-July to mid-August, and exceptionally, third-brood individuals in mid-September. This moth is similar to a number of other Pug species.