70.162 (1857) Dwarf Pug Eupithecia tantillaria Boisduval, 1840 

Status
Resident. Scarce.
 
Flight period
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History
The first records were when Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84)  found it at Closeburn and Castlehill, Dumfries (all VC72).
 
The next came in the mid 1970s when T. H. Ford found it at Sandyhills (VC73). During 1978-80 it was apparently recorded from Gatehouse of Fleet, then during 1987-93 in Mabie Forest, both at the Rothamsted stations.
 
From 1995-2010 sites included Durisdeer (11 records), Kirkton (1) in Dumfriesshire, and twice at Carsfad near Dalry and Threave Estate, singly at Cardoness Wood and Holm Wood, Kirkcudbrightshire. Bargrennan and Forest Moor being the only sites in Wigtownshire, recording it singly.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a pupa in loose earth. Larvae are present late June to late August.
 
Larval foodplants
Mainly Douglas Fir, Norway Spruce and Sitka Spruce, but also other conifers.
 
Identification
Care required to separate from Oak-tree Pug which is rare here and Cloaked Pug which is not here.
 
Habitat
Introduced conifer plantations, parks and gardens.
© Alison Robertson, Eskrigg Nature Reserve, 14 May 2011

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