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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 11-12mm.

Foodplant: Burnet-saxifrage

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19601973188318831986
Year last recorded19851973197720142014
Number of records4133119
Number of individuals1012724
Unique positions413176
Unique locations413175
Adult records1022319
Immature records21040

For the county, we have a total of 58 records from 30 sites. First recorded in 1883.


70.165 Pimpinel Pug 02
© Terry Box
70.165 Pimpinel Pug 01
© Charles Fletcher, 22 Jul 2009

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Always a scarce species in Yorkshire, we now have a few more localities.

2012 (CHF): Not the easiest Pug to identify with confidence and usually needs dissection so it might be under-recorded. Most recent records are from the area around Ripon where greater burnet-saxifrage (Pimpinella major) grows in profusion. This is likely to be the larval food plant rather than burnet-saxifrage (Pimpinella saxifraga) which is quoted as the food plant in most books and is much more local in this area.

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