70.184 (1819) Mottled Pug Eupithecia exiguata (Hübner, [1813])

Status
Resident. Scarce.
 
Flight period
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History
Lennon (1863) stated that it was not very common, but that it had occurred at Glen Mills (VC72). Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Closeburn, (VC72).
 
During 1976-86 there were seventeen records from the Rothamsted stations, Caerlaverock (single), Waterside Mains (four), Mabie Forest (two), Bridge of Dee (4 records with four on one night) and Gatehouse of Fleet (six records).
 
Bargaly Lodge, Kirkton, Auchencairn, Closeburn, Caerlaverock, Glencaple and one caught at Southwick Coast SWT in 2006, verified by K. P. Bland, NMS, are the sites where it has been trapped in the period 1991-2010.
 
It has not been found in Wigtownshire, and it was only confirmed for VC72 in Riley & Prior (2003).
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a pupa. Larvae are present late June to early October.
 
Larval foodplants
Blackthorn, Hawthorn, Midland Hawthorn and Rowan.
 
Identification
Conspicuous elongated dark dash, with a series of small black wedges near, towards the apex, a narrow, pale outer cross-band that is angled at the costa with two pale streaks extending outwards on a greyish-brownish forewing should identify it.
 
Habitat
Gardens, woodland, hedgerows and scrub.
 
Recorders' notes
Care required to separate from other 'pugs.'
© Keith Naylor, Southwick Coast SWT, 7 June 2004
© Alison Robertson, Glencaple, 22 September 2013

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