1851 Golden-rod Pug Eupithecia virgaureata (Doubleday, 1861)

Status
Resident. Scarce.
 
Flight period
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History
Gordon (1919) had one record of one taken at dusk at Corsemalzie (VC74) on 2nd July 1898 is the only Victorian record.
 
During 1978-79 five records came from the Gatehouse of Fleet Rothamsted station, with four records from Waterside Mains at Keir (VC72) in 1982 and six records from Mabie Forest (VC73) during 1986-92, including one identified by A. M. Riley but wrongly assigned to VC72.
 
Wigtownshire records all came during the 1990s from Newton Stewart, Torrs Warren, Carsegowan Moss and Port William. There were seven records from Durisdeer during 2000-04 with one other from VC72 at Caerlaverock in 2008.
Kirkcudbrightshire during 1999-2011 recorded six records: Auchencairn, Bargrug, Carsfad near Dalry, Kirkconnell Flow NNR, Milton and Threave Estate.
 
Confirmed for VC72 in Riley & Prior (2003), with status unclear for VCs 73 and 74, but there are records for these VCs that have been verified by K. P. Bland and Tony Davis.
 
Life cycle
Two generations. Overwinters as a pupa. Larvae are present June to July, again September to October.
 
Larval foodplants
First generation foodplant is unknown. Second generation larvae feed on ragworts and Goldenrod.
 
Identification
If in fresh condition the white tuft of scales at the rear end of the thorax will aid identity.
 
Habitat
A variety of rough areas.
 
Recorders' notes
Care required to separate from other 'pugs.'
© Keith Naylor, Milton, 2 August 2011

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