70.183 (1834) Common Pug Eupithecia vulgata (Haworth, 1809)

Status
Resident. Common.
 
Flight period
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History
Lennon (1863) stated that it was rather common around the Dumfries area. Gordon (1919) found it common and generally distributed, especially abundant on hops at Corsemalzie, Wigtownshire. Earliest date was 17th May 1911, which was three weeks earlier than any other he stated.
 
Waterside Mains at Keir (VC72), Gatehouse of Fleet and Mabie Forest (VC73) Rothamsted stations regularly trapped it during 1974-1993, with one record from the Newton Stewart station in 1978, apparently missed by Riley & Prior or ignored, but they did accept its presence in VCs 72 and 73. From 1992 to 2010 it was trapped at about thirty sites mainly in Dumfriesshire and Kirkcudbrightshire.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a pupa. Larvae June to July and September.
 
Larval foodplants
The leaves of a wide variety of trees and plants, incuding Hawthorn, sallows, Bramble, ragworts and Hogweed.
 
Identification
The narrow forewing with curved costa and rough-textured surface, together with the cross-lines always angled at the costa, and a white spot at the trailing edge will help to identify.
 
Habitat
Wide range of habitats and foodplants.
 
Recorders' notes
Great care required to separate from other 'pugs.'
© Keith Naylor, Mersehead RSPB, 7 June 2006

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