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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, Jul-Aug

Forewing: 8-10mm.

Foodplant: Field Maple.

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 recorded1886200719881886
Year last recorded2011200720062011
Number of records20712420
Number of individuals37022748
Unique positions4712100
Unique locations451296
Adult records19712400
Immature records3006

For the region, we have a total of 420 records from 96 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1886.


1812 Maple Pug 02
© David Kingman
1812 Maple Pug 01
© Dave Foot

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species found in England and Wales, the larva feeding on the flowers of field maple (Acer campestris). In Dorset, the moth is found where field maple is plentiful, usually in old woods and hedges on chalky soils. The following record indicates that colonies can attain quite a size: Blashenwell Farm, many larvae beaten from old maple tree flowers on 23 May 1892, three hundred and eighty-two adults emerged between 2 July 1892 and 19 July 1892 (Reverend E Bankes).

Diagnostics include: small; a light ground colour; an acute apex.


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