70.144 (1860) Green Pug Pasiphila rectangulata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Status
Resident. Common.
 
Flight period
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History
The earliest notification of this species is published in Stephens (1829) with the Rev. William Little recording it at Raehills (VC72) stating it to be rare.
 
Lennon (1863) had found it to be very common around the Dumfries area. Gordon (1919) found it not uncommon on tree trunks and at rest on rocks, also in gardens at dusk in Wigtownshire. The species was variable with black forms occurring. Earliest date was 26th June 1899. Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Tynron (VC72).
 
During 1974-92 at all seven of the Rothamsted stations, fifty records were noted, 23 were from the Wigtownshire sites. Most of the seventy odd records during 1993-2010 were at the regular trapped sites at Kirkton and Durisdeer (VC72), Cally Woods, Kirkcudbright and Auchencairn/Old Torr area (VC73) and Forest Moor (VC74).
 
Although confirmed for VCs 72 and 73 in Riley & Prior (2003) with status unclear for VC74, we can safely assume its presence there.

Melanic form ab. anthrax Dietze
First recorded by the Gordon brothers at Corsemalzie (VC74) during 1898, 1899, 1905 and 1906.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as an egg. Larvae during April to May, with pupation close to the ground.
 
Larval foodplants
Apple, Crab Apple, Blackthorn, Cherry, Hawthorn and Pear.
 
Identification
Unmistakeable as The V-pug, the only similar species, has a dark V on the forewing.
 
Habitat
Lowland habitats like parks and gardens, scrub and woodland.
© Brian Hammond, Dornockbrow, June 2011

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