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Summary Data

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.

Forewing: 9-10mm.

Foodplant: Blackthorn.

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 recorded199420091994
Year last recorded201120092011
Number of records1351272
Number of individuals1110222
Unique positions37176
Unique locations27156
Adult records770154
Immature records7014

For the region, we have a total of 272 records from 56 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1994.


1859 Sloe Pug 01
© Dave Foot

Species Account

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).

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