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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Rare and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.

Forewing: 9-10mm.

Foodplant: Blackthorn.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19641977199819822007
Year last recorded20142014200520132007
Number of records20233331
Number of individuals11211412
Unique positions16132171
Unique locations16132171
Adult records13182301
Immature records54120

For the county, we have a total of 80 records from 49 sites. First recorded in 1964.


70.143 Sloe Pug 01
© Jim Morgan

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This species was only recently discovered in Britain (Skinner, 1984), although it may have been an unnoticed resident for some time, being difficult to distinguish from C. rectangulata (Linnaeus). In Yorkshire it was first found by P.Q. Winter in 1975 and there have been several records since. It is probably still overlooked as an adult, being most easily identified in the larval stage.

2012 (CHF): Still local in the county and not recorded every year. Uncommon in VC63 and 65 with most records from the centre of the county. Take care to separate this species from the much commoner Green Pug. Sloe Pug fades rapidly and loses its green colour.

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