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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.

Forewing: 10-12mm

Foodplant: European Larch.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831883188318831880
Year last recorded20142014201320142014
Number of records82406712414
Number of individuals443510613612
Unique positions85021478
Unique locations85122438
Adult records72386111413
Immature records00010

For the county, we have a total of 453 records from 132 sites. First recorded in 1880.


70.163 Larch Pug 04
© Andy Nunn
70.163 Larch Pug 03
© Terry Box
70.163 Larch Pug 02
© Terry Box
70.163 Larch Pug 01
© Ian Marshall, 6 Jul 2010

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Fairly widely recorded in VC63 and VC64 wherever larch plantations occur in woodlands but rather sparsely recorded in the rest of the County, especially in VC61, where larch is very local.

2012 (CHF): Most records are from VCs 62, 64 and 65 and it is less common in the south and east. Not seen in VC61 since 1995. Distinctive when fresh, worn specimens are easily confused with other species such as Grey Pug and Golden-rod Pug.

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