70.151 (1817) Foxglove Pug Eupithecia pulchellata pulchellata Stephens, 1831 

Status
Resident. Common.
 
Flight period
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History
Gordon (1919) had only one record and that was taken in his garden at Corsemalzie, Wigtownshire, on 6th July 1898. Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Closeburn, Tynron and Castlehill, Dumfries (all VC72).
 
During 1974-93 six of the seven Rothamsted stations recorded nearly fifty records, Caerlaverock being the odd one out. From 1992 to 2010 it was recorded at the regular trapped sites of Kirkton, Durisdeer (VC72), Cally Woods and Carsfad near Dalry (VC73), with a widespread number of records from elsewhere across the region.
 
Riley & Prior (2003) confirmed it for each vice-county.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a pupa. Larvae are present July to mid-August.
 
Larval foodplants
The larvae feed on the stamens of Foxglove.
 
Identification
The grey cross-band which is broad and kinked at the costa is diagnostic.
 
Care required to separate from Toadflax Pux which is smaller, neater and flies later, and, also Barred Carpet which is rare here.
 
Habitat
A wide variety of sites wherever the foodplant is.
© Keith Naylor, Kippford, 18 June 2006
© Mary Carson, Almorness, 14 May 2011

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