Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Scarce and very local resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.
|Year first recorded||1994||2009||1994|
|Year last recorded||2011||2009||2011|
|Number of records||135||1||272|
|Number of individuals||111||0||222|
For the region, we have a total of 272 records from 56 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1994.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: This species was unknown until larvae were discovered in Surrey in 1971. It is now known to be widespread across southern Britain but more local further north, the larva rapidly feeding up on the flowers of blackthorn (Prunus spinosa). In Dorset, the moth is likely to be under-recorded. Blackthorn is a common shrub across the county, and searches for larvae on sloe blossom may yield further localities in addition to ones currently scattered across much of the county. The Sloe Pug is easily confused with the Green Pug1860. Diagnostics include: evenly-curved post-median line as it approaches apex (twice sharply-angled post-median line on the Green Pug).