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National Status: Local(alien-foodplant)

Local Status: Very rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 11-15mm

Foodplant: Norway Spruce, Sitka Spruce, Silver Fir, Noble Fir

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1993196619881883
Year last recorded2013196619882004
Number of records2113
Number of individuals2112
Unique positions2113
Unique locations2113
Adult records2113
Immature records0000

For the county, we have a total of 7 records from 7 sites. First recorded in 1883.


70.149 Cloaked Pug 01
© Alan Miller, Jul 2012

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: There has only been one recent record of this moth in Yorkshire. Previous records are very scant - it was suggested in the YNU 1970 list that the record near Bradford (VC63) was probably an accidental introduction and Porritt (1883-86) only recorded it once, from Richmond (VC65). Until 1984 it was doubtful whether this species was still breeding in Britain (Skinner, 1984). However it was then discovered to be resident in two woods in Northumberland (Dunn & Parrack, 1986) in 1984 and 1985. Both woods have a mixture of coniferous species and trees of different ages, which could be the key to this species' survival. Whether our recent record is from an as yet undiscovered colony or just a vagrant is uncertain but it would certainly be worthwhile to search for this species in suitable Yorkshire woodlands.

2012 (CHF): We have one recent record of this species from mixed woodland at West Tanfield in 2004 (confirmed A.M. Riley). A large and fairly distinctive species.

Argus 69, 2013: Only the sixth county record. This scarce spruce-feeding species could be either native, introduced with conifers or a migrant.
VC62. Skelton, 16.6.2013 (DM). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

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