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70.171 (BF1844)

Ochreous Pug   

Eupithecia indigata
Adult: 2
Resident, rare, widespread (?) - may be being overlooked? Widespread but local in mainland Britain, mainly eastern in Scotland. Shows a significant long-term decline in distribution since 1990.


Care required to separate from other ‘pugs.’ Its small size with narrow, pointed sandy or greyish forewings, held angled backwards, with prominent black dash in the central portion and dark spots on the costa should help identify it against Thyme Pug.

Recording method

During the day can be beaten from the branches of the foodplant Scots pine, comes readily to light.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a pupa among needles of the foodplant in a cocoon. Larvae are present mid-June to mid-September.

Larval foodplants

Larvae feed mainly on Scot’s Pine, but also known to feed on Lodgepole Pine and Larch.


Pine plantations and other areas where pine is abundant.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1862 for VC73 at Dalskairth by Lennon, in 1890 for VC74 at Corsemalzie by Gordon and in 1997 for VC72 at Hightae Mill Loch by Richard Mearns.

12 record(s) from 8 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 1890 2022 2016

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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