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70.149 (BF1815)

Cloaked Pug   

Eupithecia abietaria
Adult: 2
Migrant? possibly resident, very rare, very local? Thinly scattered records throughout mainland Britain as far north as Inverness,


One of the largest pugs and quite distinctive. Specimen or quality photo required for record acceptance due to its rarity status.

Recording method

Larvae can be found feeding on the seeds of cones in autumn, adult comes  to light in small numbers.

Life cycle

Overwinters as a pupa. Larva are present from late June to mid-September.

Larval foodplants

Norway Spruce, other spruces, firs and larches.


Plantations of introduced conifers and shelterbelts.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1862 for VC73 at Glen Mills by Lennon and 1909 for VC74 at Craigenveoch by Brocklehurst but both these records are poorly documented.  The only recent record was in 2012 also for VC73 at Minnigaff by Gavin Chambers.

1 record(s) from 1 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2012

 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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