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70.181 (BF1821)

Valerian Pug   

Eupithecia valerianata
Adult: 2
Resident, scarce, local. Nationally Scarce B. Widespread but thinly scattered in mainland Britain.


Care required to separate from other ‘pugs’. Easily confused with Common Pug but that has a rougher texture to it.

Recording method

Adults an be found on valerian flowers by day particularly before dusk.  Larvae in flowerheads of Common Valerian. Comes to light.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a pupa among plant debris close to the ground. Larvae are present July to mid-August.

Larval foodplants

Common Valerian.


Wet situations like fens and damp woodlands.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1984 for VC73 near New Galloway by West, then in 2012 for VC72 at Courance by Brian Henderson and in 2012 for VC74 near Stranraer by Neil O’Donnell.

20 record(s) from 9 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2021 2020 2019

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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