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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two overlapping generations, Apr-Jun, Jul-Aug.

Forewing: 9-12mm.

Foodplant: Heather.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19401883188318831880
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records16628824782183
Number of individuals1623952671591110
Unique positions40729315027
Unique locations40699514927
Adult records16027821680777
Immature records02200

For the county, we have a total of 1605 records from 380 sites. First recorded in 1880.


70.168 Narrow-winged Pug 06
© David Ashton
70.168 Narrow-winged Pug 05
© Colin Duke All Rights Reserved 2019 (C)
70.168 Narrow-winged Pug 04
© Andy Nunn
70.168 Narrow-winged Pug 03 larva
© Derek Parkinson
70.168 Narrow-winged Pug 02
© Terry Box, 26 Jun 2012
70.168 Narrow-winged Pug 01
© Ian Andrews

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Generally common on heaths and moors throughout all five vice-counties and also quite frequently taken in valleys and far away from moorland.

2012 (CHF): Numbers of this moth have declined significantly in the last five years though it is still reported widely across the county. Most records are from the uplands though for a heather-feeding moth is is surprising how many records are from lowland areas. Two overlapping generations; the second being the largest.

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