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70.160 (BF1835)

White-spotted Pug   

Eupithecia tripunctaria
Adult: 2
Resident, scarce, widespread. Widespread in England and Wales more scattered and local in Scotland to Caithness.


Care required to separate from other ‘pugs.’

Recording method

Comes to light in small numbers.

Life cycle

Two generations. Overwinters as a pupa. Larvae are present late June to late September.

Larval foodplants

Elder flowers for the first generation, with umbellifers for the next generation.


Roadside verges, river banks and ditches, fens, hedgerows and woodland.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway not until 1962 for VC73 at Palnackie and Rockcliffe by Pelham-Clinton, in 1980 for VC72 at the Waterside Rothamsted light trap and only in 2009 for VC74 at Sorbie by Tony Bellars.

65 record(s) from 22 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2018 2022 2022
White-spotted Pug
White-spotted Pug

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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