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National Status: Local(alien-foodplant)

Local Status: Rare and very local coastal resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jul-Sep.

Forewing: 6-8mm.

Foodplant: Tamarisk.

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 recorded20112011
Number of records2244
Number of individuals3468
Unique positions1122
Unique locations918
Adult records1836
Immature records12

For the region, we have a total of 44 records from 18 sites. Earliest record on file is in 2003.


1855a Channel Islands Pug 02
© Martin Cade, 8 Aug 2010
1855a Channel Islands Pug 01
© Dave Foot

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: First recorded as breeding in Guernsey in 1986, and following the capture of a single individual at a light trap in Hertfordshire in 1989, a series of moths were observed between 1990 and 1995 along the West Sussex and Hampshire coast. In 1995 and 1996, larvae were found between Hayling Island and Brighton on tamarisk (Tamarix gallica). The moth is mainly single brooded, flying in June and July, with the occasional second brood specimen noted during the autumn; the caterpillar may be beaten from the host foodplant during the first half of August. There are just six records from Dorset. Of these, four are from West Bexington, the first, a very large specimen about the size of a Grey Pug1837, was recorded during Atlantic south-westerlies suggesting perhaps colonisation of tamarisk on Chesil Beach; there have been three more records subsequently: West Bexington, on 27 July 2003, 24 June 2008, 6 and 8 August 2008 (R Eden). The other two examples were seen on dates that coincided with airflows from western France, so are probably immigrants: Wyke Regis, on 5 September 2003 (D Foot), Durlston, 9 October 2006 (P Davey).

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