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70.144 (BF1860)

Green Pug   

Pasiphila rectangulata
Adult: 2
Resident, common, widespread. Widespread in England and Wales, more local in lowland Scotland. Its abundance and distribution have increased significantly since 1970.


Unmistakable, as the V-pug the only similar species, has a dark V on the forewing.

Recording method

Comes readily to light.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as an egg. Larvae during April to May, with pupation close to the ground.

Larval foodplants

Apple, Crab Apple, Blackthorn, Cherry, Hawthorn and Pear.


Lowland habitats like parks and gardens, scrub and woodland.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1820 for VC72 at Raehills by Lennon who found it to be ‘very common around the Dumfries area’, in 1898 for VC74 near Corsemalzie by Gordon who found it ‘not uncommon on tree trunks and at rest on rocks, also in gardens at dusk in Wigtownshire’ and in 1974 for VC73 at the Gatehouse of Fleet Rothamsted light trap.

The melanic form ab. anthrax Dietze was first recorded by the Gordon brothers at Corsemalzie (VC74) during the years 1898, 1899, 1905 and 1906.

302 record(s) from 40 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2021 2022 2022
70.144 Green Pug
70.144 Green Pug
70.144 Green Pug70.144 Green Pug

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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