70.143 (1859) Sloe Pug Chloroclystis chloerata (Mabille, 1870)

Status
Resident? Rare.
 
Flight period
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History
The Sloe Pug was not discovered in Britain until 1971, but has since been found to be widespread in England north to southern Cumbria, which suggests it was long overlooked.
 
Our only record was trapped at Abbey Burn Foot by Colin Plant at MV light on 20th June 1998. However, it was not listed for the region by Riley & Prior (2003).
 
On 10th July 2011 one was trapped at Durisdeer (VC72).
 
It may well be that it is being overlooked in our region.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as an egg on Blackthorn. Larvae are present through April, with pupation on the ground.
 
Larval foodplants
Larvae feed on Blackthorn flowers.
 
Identification
Very similar to Green Pug, but Sloe Pug only shows a hint of green when freshly emerged. A salmon pink band near the base of the abdomen (blackish in Green Pug) and the central cross-band being only slightly wavy near the leading edge of the forewing are the best features for separation.
 
Habitat
Scrub, woodland edges and old hedgerows.
 
Recorders' notes
Specimen or quality photo required for record acceptance.
© Caroline Allen, Durisdeer, 10 July 2011

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