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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug

Forewing: 11-13mm.

Foodplant: Yarrow, Sneezewort.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831904188319501883
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records51922417627983
Number of individuals476238146350118
Unique positions7265848626
Unique locations7763849226
Adult records49620713726180
Immature records20110

For the county, we have a total of 1281 records from 342 sites. First recorded in 1883.


70.187 Tawny Speckled Pug 03
© Andy Nunn
70.187 Tawny Speckled Pug 01
© Paul Kipling, 30 July 2010

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely distributed and locally common where yarrow is plentiful in all five vice-counties. This species is recorded more frequently than many other pugs, perhaps because it is relatively easy to identify.

2012 (CHF): There has been a decline in numbers in recent years though it can still be locally quite common. Still quite widely distributed across the county. The form with the orange-brown forewing patch (f. subfulvata) is much commoner than the plainer form (f. cognata).

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