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70.175 (BF1826)

Triple-spotted Pug   

Eupithecia trisignaria
Adult: 2
Resident, rare, local (?) - restricted to marshes and damp woods. Widespread and scattered records for England and Wales become much more scattered in Scotland.


Care required to separate from other ‘pugs.’ The rounded forewing with uniform colour and a dark central dash, three spots on the costa and no white spot in the trailing corner all help to identify it.

Recording method

Larvae can be found in the seedheads of Wild Angelica in autumn, adults occasionally come to light.

Life cycle

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

Larval foodplants

Wild Angelica and Hogweed ripening fruits.


Overwinters as a pupa, probably among plant debris.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway only in 1992 for VC73 in the Mabie Forest Rothamsted light trap, in 2000 for VC72 at Durisdeer by Caroline Allen and in 2004 for VC74 at the Mains of Airies, The Rhins’

10 record(s) from 6 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2006 2018 2004

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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