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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 11-13mm.

Foodplant: Goose-foots and Oraches.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19481992188318831883
Year last recorded20142012201420132013
Number of records4071297189
Number of individuals5521585128
Unique positions35928152
Unique locations40929152
Adult records4031291149
Immature records20200

For the county, we have a total of 543 records from 95 sites. First recorded in 1883.


70.166 Plain Pug 03
© Andy Nunn
70.166 Plain Pug 02
© Damian Money
70.166 Plain Pug 01
© Charles Fletcher, 10 Jul 2007

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This species now appears to have become established at Spurn (VC61). There have also been several recent records from VC63, and one from south VC64, which suggests the species may be spreading in the south of the County. Certainly from Skinner's (1984) description of this species' distribution, it should be much more widespread. There has also been a record from near Saltholme in the Tees marshes in VC66 on 19.8.1978 (R.T. McAndrew; Dunn & Parrack, 1986), so the area around South Gare near Redcar might also prove to house this secretive species.

Argus 50, 2005: Still quite local in Yorkshire. A large sandy brown pug. July/August. Records this year [2005] from all five VCs including:
VC65. Hutton Conyers, 17.5.2005 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): Numbers built up in the 1990s but have declined recently. Away from Spurn it is rather local. No VC62 records since 1998. Most records come from Spurn but there was a marked decrease in 2011 with only 16 records.

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