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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Three generations, Mar-May, Jun-Jul and Aug-Sep.

Forewing: 8-10mm.

Foodplant: Many 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 recorded1905200719861905
Year last recorded2011200720112011
Number of records5538139011858
Number of individuals10834186923408
Unique positions413144916
Unique locations276137628
Adult records4804138610382
Immature records50214

For the region, we have a total of 11858 records from 628 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


1862 Double-striped Pug 03
© Julian Francis
1862 Double-striped Pug 02
© Gillian Nash, August 2015
1862 Double-striped Pug 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A common species in Britain, the polyphagous larva feeding on the flowers and leaves of a wide range of plants and shrubs. In Dorset, the moth is ubiquitous and often abundant, especially on gorse-clad heathland and in oak woodland. It has been noted in every month of the year; occasional large well-marked specimens are trapped during migrant activity, especially during October. The moth seems to have three main broods; these are in spring, summer and autumn, respectively, but timings vary according to season.

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