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70.154 (BF1822)

Marsh Pug   

Eupithecia pygmaeata
Adult: 2
Resident, rare, widespread. Widespread but local throughout Britain. Probably overlooked as small, dayflying and rarely comes to light.


Care required to separate from other ‘pugs.’ Specimen or quality photo required for record acceptance.

Recording method

Flies by day amongst tall vegetation, probably overlooked, rarely comes to light.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a pupa. Larvae are present June to July.

Larval foodplants

Flowers and seed capsules of mouse-ears.


Marshy areas, wet meadows, fens, coastal sand-dunes with vegetation.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1899 for VC74 at Corsemalzie by Gordon, in 1972 for VC73 at Portling by Duncan and in 1980 for VC72 at Caerlaverock also by Duncan.

14 record(s) from 11 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2011 2011 2022

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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