70.158 (1854) Juniper Pug Eupithecia pusillata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Status
Resident. Scarce.
 
Flight period
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History
Lennon (1863) stated that it was not common, but that it had occurred at Whinney Hill (VC73).
 
Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during the 1950s had found it at Tynron, specimens residing at NMS. Pelham-Clinton, who worked at NMS, also found it at Tynron, Penpont and Thornhill (VC72) during 1975, and again at Tynron in 1981.
 
There were two records from the Rothamsted stations, singles at Waterside Mains at Keir in 1980, and Mabie Forest (VC73) in 1987.
 
Since then it has been trapped at Beuchan (VC72) in 1998, Torrs Heughs at Sandyhills (VC73) in 2001, Corserig Hill at Kelloholm in 2003 and 2010. There was another three records, which may be from garden cultivars as they were at Kippford, 2005, Auchencairn in 2006 and Kirkcudbright in 2010. At the Garden Wildlife Festival Held at Threave Gardens NTS, several were trapped on 30th July 2011. No records from Wigtownshire.
 
Confirmed for VC72 in Riley & Prior (2003) with status unclear for VC73.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as an egg. Larvae are present April to early June, with pupation taking place among needles.
 
Larval foodplants
Common Juniper and cultivated Junipers.
 
Identification
Care required in separating from other 'pugs.'
 
Habitat
Moorland, upland sites and gardens with the foodplant.
 
Recorders' notes
Ratcliffe (2007) says "Found at inland juniper sites."
Female © Keith Naylor, Kippford, 11 August 2005

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