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PICTURE: Typical form caught at light in my garden in Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, June 2012.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: Moths of this species are fairly common, and widely distributed residents throughout most of the British Isles. Melanic forms are found mainly in London, the Home Counties and the Midlands.

 

WING SPAN: 17 to 21mm.                                   STATUS: Resident.

        

FLIGHT PERIOD: The moth is usually single brooded, and adults are on the wing during July and August Some times there is a partial second generation in August. Adult moths come frequently to light.

LARVAL PERIOD: The mature caterpillars are up to about 15mm in length. This species over winters as a pupa.

 

HABITAT: Its habitats are wide and varied and include, parks, gardens, woodland rides and fringes, hedgerows, waste ground, and where ever  food plants grow.

 

FOOD PLANT/S:  Food plants the larvae feed on quite varied and include many tree and shrub species, and also on a wide range of low growing plants.

 

SIMILAR SPECIES: Some specimens of the Sloe Pug and Bilberry Pug are similar.

           
               
             
               
             
 

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