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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jul-Aug

Forewing: 9-11mm.

Foodplant: Common Toadflax.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19661973188318831977
Year last recorded20142014201420142006
Number of records124991751193
Number of individuals1311291641394
Unique positions252741432
Unique locations272641462
Adult records122991591073
Immature records00020

For the county, we have a total of 520 records from 142 sites. First recorded in 1883.


70.150 Toadflax Pug 02
© Andy Nunn
70.150 Toadflax Pug 01
© John Edwards

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: As with most Eupithecia species this is probably under-recorded. However is is probably fairly common wherever wild toadflax is established on wasteground, railway embankments and similar areas in all five vice-counties, especially in the south and east.

2012 (CHF): Rather local in the county with a patchy distribution. It has declined a little in numbers recently. Often confused with the commoner Foxglove Pug which tends to fly earlier.

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