70.160 (1835) White-spotted Pug Eupithecia tripunctaria Herrich-Schäffer, 1852

Status
Resident. Scarce.
 
Flight period
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History
Pelham-Clinton first found it in the mid 1960s at Palnackie and Rockcliffe (VC73). Next were singles in 1978 and 1979 from the Gatehouse of Fleet Rothamsted station. Another was trapped at Waterside Mains (VC72) in 1980 (RIS data), with further RIS records from Mabie Forest in 1991 and 1992.
 
From 1992 to 2010 there were sixteen records from sites at Auchencairn, Bargaly Lodge, Gatehouse of Fleet and Kirkcudbright (VC73), Caerlaverock, Courance, Durisdeer, Kirkton and the fen at Perchall Loch SSSI (VC72) and Sorbie (VC74).
 
Riley & Prior (2003) confirmed the species for VC73, but with the status unclear for VC72.
 
Life cycle
Two generations. Overwinters as a pupa. Larvae are present late June to late September.
 
Larval foodplants
Elder flowers for the first generation, with umbellifers for the next generation.
 
Identification
Care required to separate from other 'pugs.'
 
Habitat
Roadside verges, river banks and ditches, fens, hedgerows and woodland.
© Keith Naylor, Ken-Dee Marshes RSPB, 19 May 2011

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