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70.176 (BF1827)

Edinburgh/Freyer's Pug   

Eupithecia intricata
Adult: 2
Resident, scarce, local, Widespread in England, more scattered in Scotland mainly in the east.


Great care required to separate from other ‘pugs.’ The species once known as Freyer’s Pug E. i. arceuthata has now (2014) been made a synonym of Edinburgh Pug, the nominate species.

Recording method

Comes to light.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a pupa. Larvae are present August to September.

Larval foodplants

Junipers, cypresses and other introduced conifers.


Coastal habitats, moorland and roadside verges.


First recorded in Dumfries and Galloway only in 1940 for VC72 at Tynron by Duncan and in 2010 for VC73 at Dalbeattie by Keith Naylor.  It has not yet been recorded for VC74.

54 record(s) from 7 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2022 2022

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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