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70.162 (BF1857)

Dwarf Pug   

Eupithecia tantillaria
Adult: 2
Resident, scarce, widespread. Widely distributed across mainland Britain. Its distribution has declined significantly since 1980.


Care required to separate from Oak-tree Pug which is rare here and Cloaked Pug.

Recording method

Can be disturbed during the day from the lower branches of conifers, comes to light.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a pupa in loose earth. Larvae are present late June to late August.

Larval foodplants

Mainly Douglas Fir, Norway Spruce and Sitka Spruce, but also other conifers.


Introduced conifer plantations, parks and gardens.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway only in 1970 for VC72 at Closeburn by Duncan, in 1974 for VC73 at Sandyhills by Ford and as recently as 2006 for VC74 at Forest Moor, south of Wigtown by Leonie Ewing.

63 record(s) from 23 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2014 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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