70.182 (1832) Currant Pug Eupithecia assimilata Doubleday, 1856 

Resident. Scarce.
Flight period

Buchanan White of Perth (1895) listed it as occurring in Colvend and Southwick parishes (VC73). Gordon (1919) lists two taken at dusk near the Malzie Burn, Corsemalzie (VC74), one on 7th and one on 9th June 1910. Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Closeburn and Tynron (VC72).
Just three Rothamsted records, two from Gatehouse of Fleet (VC73) in 1978, the other from Mabie Forest (VC73) in 1987. It was June 1995 before it appeared again, and that was at Rockcliffe. Further VC73 records are from Kirkcudbright, Mersehead RSPB, Kirriereoch Farm, Threave Estate, Carsfad at Dalry and Hannaston Wood. Dumfriesshire has two sites, Durisdeer and Castle Loch at Lochmaben where it has been trapped, while Wigtownshire has produced just one, Forest Moor, with a few records in 2006.
Only VC72 was confirmed according to Riley & Prior (2003).
Life cycle
Two generations, May to June and August. Overwinters as a pupa, in loose earth. Larvae during June and July, secondly September.
Larval foodplants
Black Currant and Red Currant. Larvae also feed on Wild Hop, but this plant is uncommon in Dumfries and Galloway.
A noticeable, large cream corner spot with other cream markings near the outer edge should help identify this pug.
Gardens and allotments, but also in open woodland and scrub where wild Red and Black Currants are found.
Recorders' notes
Care required to separate from other 'pugs.' From our records it has appeared up to 13th July, and again from 20th July, so the CMR requests specimens or photos of any July records to validate the period.
© Keith Naylor, Perchhall Loch, 6 August 2010

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