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70.190 (BF1837)

Grey Pug   

Eupithecia subfuscata
Adult: 2
Resident, common, widespread. Widespread throughout most of Britain, found in many habitats.


Care required to separate from other ‘pugs.’

Recording method

Comes to light.

Life cycle

Two generations presumably, but with some overlap. Overwinters as a pupa. Larvae are present late June to October.

Larval foodplants

Many herbaceous and woody broadleaved plants.


A wide variety from coastal to upland.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1862 for VC73 at Dalskairth by Lennon who stated that it was ‘not common’, in 1898 for VC74 at Corsemalzie by Gordon who found it ‘not uncommon at rest on tree trunks and flying at dusk’ and in 1951 for VC72 at Tynron by Duncan.

295 record(s) from 43 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2022 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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