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70.163 (BF1856)

Larch Pug   

Eupithecia lariciata
Adult: 2
Resident, scarce, local. Scattered records across all of mainland Britain. Its distribution and abundance have shown major declines since the1980's.


Care required to separate from other ‘pugs.’ The white spot or crest on the back of the thorax, together with the cross-lines sharply angled adjacent to the central spot will identity it.

Recording method

Comes readily to light.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a pupa. Larvae are present mid June to early August.

Larval foodplants

Mature European Larch.


Plantations, gardens and parks.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1905 for VC74 at Corsemalzie by Gordon, in 1970 for VC72 at Closeburn by Duncan and also in 1970 for VC73 on the Silver Flowe by Hulme.

78 record(s) from 19 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2014 2018 2015

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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