Moths of Suffolk
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National Status :
Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 4)
Distribution and abundance : Rare
Habitats : Woodland, hedgerows, and gardens
Flight Period : Double-brooded; late May to mid-June
Larval foodplants : Ash, Sea Buckthorn, Tamarisk, hawthorns, blackthorns and elder.
Comments : The nominate form of this species is known as the Angle-barred Pug. There are two other forms; rustica (the Ash Pug) and tamariscata (Tamarisk Pug). There appear to be varying opinions as to whether Ash Pug is a separate species (in Europe it is listed separately). There is also a view that Angle-barred Pug does not occur in this country and that they are all forms of Ash Pug. Waring & Townsend (2003) says the use of mugwort as foodplant needs to be confirmed for this species
Morley's Final Catalogue : Rejected as indigenous by Bloomfield (Lep. Suff., P. 55); confirmed by a specimen bred in June 1901 from larva taken on mugwort near Aldeburgh on 10 September 1900 (Mathews, EMM. 1902, 247). Bred 14 May 1932 from pupa found at Aldringham on 2 August 1931 (Mly). Ash Pug now synonymised with this species, is recorded as somewhat scarce at Ipswich in 1893 (Mly), at light (Pyett); Playford, Woodbridge, Lowestoft, Beccles, Brandeston, Stowmarket. No record from the west.
Wingspan details : Forewing 10-12mm, Wingspan 18-24mm