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70.177 (BF1828)

Satyr Pug   

Eupithecia satyrata
Adult: 2
Resident, scarce, widespread. Widespread on upland moors and lowland heaths in Britain. Shows major decreases in distribution and abundance since the 1980's.


Care required to separate from other ‘pugs.’

Recording method

In upland moorland flies by day in hot weather, comes to light.

Life cycle

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

Larval foodplants

The larvae feed on the flowers of ragworts, Meadowsweet, Devil’s-bit Scabious, hawkweeds, knapweeds, Heather and Cross-leaved Heather.


Upland grassland and moorland, lowland fens and bogs.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1862 for VC73 at Glen Mills by Lennon who said it was ‘not common’, in 1899 for VC74 at Corsemalzie by Gordon who found it ‘common on moors’ and in 1943 for VC72 at Lochar by Duncan.

59 record(s) from 26 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2021 2022 2022

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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