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70.151 (BF1817)

Foxglove Pug   

Eupithecia pulchellata
Adult: 2
Resident, common, widespread. Widespread in Britain wherever foxglove grows. Distribution has substantially increased since 1970.


The grey cross-band which is broad and kinked at the costa is diagnostic. Care required to separate from Toadflax Pux which is smaller, neater and flies later, and, also Barred Carpet which is rare here.

Recording method

Adults can be disturbed by day from foxgloves, comes readily to light.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a pupa. Larvae are present July to mid-August.

Larval foodplants

The larvae feed on the stamens of Foxglove.


A wide variety of sites wherever the foodplant is.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1870 for VC73 in Colvend parish by White, in 1898 for VC74 at Corsemalzie by Gordon, and in 1951 for VC72 at Tynron by Duncan.

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

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2022 2022 2022
70.151 Foxglove Pug
70.151 Foxglove Pug
70.151 Foxglove Pug
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 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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