70.189 (1840) Shaded Pug Eupithecia subumbrata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Status
Resident. Rare.
 
Flight period
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History
The Gordon (1919) brothers found it not uncommon at Corsemalzie (VC74), with two records, one 18th June 1897, the other 29th June 1898.
 
One was trapped on 25th June 2006 during a Scottish Entomologists' meeting at Wood of Cree (VC73) and verified by M. R. Young. One was trapped at Auchencairn on 5th July 2006, with another on 17th June 2007 and verified by K. P. Bland.
 
At Kirkton on 4th July 2011, one was trapped at MV and verified by Roy Leverton, with another a few days later.
 
SE England and Argyll are its strongholds.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a pupa. Larvae are present July to September.
 
Larval foodplants
Larvae use many herbaceous plants.
 
Identification
The rather narrow forewing shape with an almost straight costa is diagnostic, even accounting for dark specimens of Grey Pug. The central spot is also small.
 
Habitat
Plantations, woodland, saltmarshes and other coastal areas.
 
Recorders' notes
Care required to separate from other 'pugs.'
© Richard Mearns, Kirkton, 4 July 2011

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