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70.157 (BF1853)

Oak-tree Pug   

Eupithecia dodoneata
Adult: 2
Resident, rare, local. Widespread in England and Wales, in Scotland restricted to scattered sites in the south west but spreading north.


Care required to separate from other ‘pugs.’ Quality photo or specimen required for record acceptance.

Recording method

Readily comes to light.

Life cycle

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

Larval foodplants

Mature Hawthorn.


Mature woodland, shelterbelts and hedgerows.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway as recently as 2002 at Auchencairn Bay by Euan MacAlpine and in 2008 for VC72 at Caerlaverock by Peter Cranswick.  Not yet recorded for VC74.

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

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2022 2019
70.157 Oak-tree Pug
70.157 Oak-tree Pug

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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