70.163 (1856) Larch Pug Eupithecia lariciata (Freyer, 1841)

Status
Resident. Local.
 
Flight period
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History
Gordon (1919) found it not uncommon in fir woods on larch trunks around Corsemalzie (VC74) in June 1905. The next was trapped at Closeburn on 9th June 1970 with another on the Silver Flowe in the early 1970s, followed by one at Irvine House Lodge at Auchenrivock in 1974.
 
During 1978-79 the Rothamsted station at Gatehouse of Fleet recorded four record, while during 1985-93 the only station to record it was at Mabie Forest with 28 records. In between Pelham-Clinton recorded it at the Barony College (VC72) at the Scottish Entomologists' meeting in 1982.
 
At Bargaly Lodge in 1992, four were trapped, and from then until 2010 it had been found at Durisdeer, Loch Mackie, Carsfad near Dalry, Kirkcudbright, Glen Trool and Holm Wood.
 
Confirmed for VC72 in Riley & Prior (2003) with status unclear for VC74.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a pupa. Larvae are present mid June to early August.
 
Larval foodplants
Mature European Larch.
 
Identification
The white spot or crest on the back of the thorax, together with the cross-lines sharply angled adjacent to the central spot will identity it.
 
Habitat
Plantations, gardens and parks.
 
Recorders' notes
Care required to separate from other 'pugs.'
© Keith Naylor per A B Duncan, Closeburn, 9 June 1970

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