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70.155 (BF1823)

Netted Pug   

Eupithecia venosata
Adult: 2
Resident, rare, local probably overlooked. Widespread in England and Wales but declining in distribution. In Scotland thinly scattered mainly in coastal areas.


Unmistakable, with the nominate race believed to be the one involved.

Recording method

Larvae found in Sea Campion or Bladder Campion seed heads in summer, adults can be disturbed from foodplants, occasionally comes to light.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a pupa in loose earth, sometimes taking two seasons. Larvae are present mid-June to late July.

Larval foodplants

Bladder Campion and Sea Campion ripening seed capsules.


Limestone and chalk sites, calcareous sea-cliffs and gardens.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1870 for VC73 in Colvend parish by White, in 1906 for VC73 at Luce Bay by Gordon who stated that ‘eleven larvae were taken from seed heads of Silene maritima, along Alticry shore, Luce Bay’ but not until 1995 for VC72 at Kirkton by Richard Mearns.

There is limestone along the Kirkcudbrightshire and Dumfriesshire coastline, so it would be worthwhile checking the seedpods of the foodplant from early July onwards.

12 record(s) from 5 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2000 1986 2000

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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