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Pinion-spotted Pug
Eupithecia insigniata

(Hübner, 1790) 1820 / 70.174
Photo © Andrew Rhodes,  Coniston Cold, VC64

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Yorkshire Status: Rare and very local resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: The first Yorkshire record for this species occurred in 1977 in VC62. Since then, there have been further records in the same vice-county and it has also been found in VC61 but there are no reports from elsewhere.

Current status (CHF, 2011): Last recorded 1986, a population in the Scarborough area has not been seen for several years but might still be hanging on undetected.

Argus 81, 2017: One of the moths of the year and one of the easiest pugs to identify. It was a major surprise being a long way from any known site. All previous Yorkshire records were from a small area south and east of Scarborough between 1977 and 1986 and these were the most northerly in the UK. The nearest post-2000 records are from Lincolnshire. It is an elusive species with a short flight time of about a fortnight. The best habitats are said to be ancient hawthorn hedgerows and amongst large mature apple trees. The larvae are not easy to identify until they reach the final instar and have never been recorded in Yorkshire. This species may be more common than records suggest.

VC64. Coniston Cold, 12.5.2017 (ARh). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

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Recorded in 3 (2%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1977.
Last Recorded in 2019.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 10-12mm
Flight: April - May
Foodplant:   Hawthorn
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Nationally Scarce
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
15/05/2019164SD85 - Hellifield / Long Preston
01/06/2018164SD85 - Hellifield / Long Preston
20/05/2018164SD85 - Hellifield / Long Preston
12/05/2017164SD85 - Hellifield / Long Preston
18/06/1986161TA07 - Hunmanby
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