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70.141 (BF1862)

Double-striped Pug   

Gymnoscelis rufifasciata
Adult: 2
Resident, common, widespread. Widespread in Britain in a range of habitats. In the long-term has shown very large increases in distribution and abundance.


Unmistakable. Care required to separate from other ‘pugs,’ if not known to you.

Recording method

Easily disturbed from bushes by day, comes to light.

Life cycle

Two generations. Overwinters as a pupa. Larvae are present from early May to late October.

Larval foodplants

Flowers of a wide variety of plants, including Broom, Gorse, Heather, Holly, Ivy, Ragworts, Rowan, Sea Aster and Traveller’s-joy.


Gardens, Heathland, Moorland and Woodland.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway for VC73 at Dalskairth by Lennon who stated that it was ‘not common’, in 1898 for VC74 at Corsemalzie by Gordon who ‘caught two flying at dusk’, and in 1970 for VC72 at Closeburn by Duncan.

640 record(s) from 57 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2020 2022 2022
70.141 Double-striped Pug
70.141 Double-striped Pug
70.141 Double-striped Pug70.141 Double-striped Pug

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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