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70.182 (BF1832)

Currant Pug   

Eupithecia assimilata
Adult: 2
Resident, scarce, widespread. Widespread across Britain absent from much of north west Scotland. Its distribution has significantly increased since 1970.


Care required to separate from other ‘pugs.’ A noticeable, large cream corner spot with other cream markings near the outer edge should help identify this pug.  From our records it has appeared up to 13th July, and again from 20th July, so the CMR requests specimens or photos of any July records to validate the period.

Recording method

Comes to light.

Life cycle

Two generations, May to June and August. Overwinters as a pupa, in loose earth. Larvae during June and July, secondly September.

Larval foodplants

Black Currant and Red Currant. Larvae also feed on Wild Hop, but this plant is uncommon in Dumfries and Galloway.


Gardens and allotments, but also in open woodland and scrub where wild Red and Black Currants are found.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1870 for VC73 in Colvend parish by White, in 1910 for VC74 at Corsemalzie by Gordon who records ‘two taken at dusk near the Malzie Burn’ and in 1950 for VC72 at Tynron by Duncan.

199 record(s) from 35 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2016 2022 2019

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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