Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Photo © Roger Millard,  Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire (02/06/20)

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Green Pug
Pasiphila rectangulata
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Sloe Pug
Pasiphila chloerata

Mabille, 1870 1859 / 70.143

General comments:
Widespread but local resident.

The Sloe Pug was not found in Britain until 1971, although subsequent earlier specimens have been located in collections; consequently, some old records of Green Pug may possibly relate to this species. Our first certain record was made at Bayfordbury in 1974. The females show clear differences in the genitalia; the most accurate drawings are to be found in Mironov (2003). Males are more of a problem; there is a lack of consistency between the drawings of abdominal plates by different authors. The adult often seems to avoid light traps; one better method to record it is to beat Sloe blossom into a cotton pillow-case, tie this up and keep it outside (but dry) for around a week. Then bring it in and the moths should emerge.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 22 (54%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1972.
Last Recorded in 2024.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
26/06/2024120TL30 - Hoddesdon / Cheshunt
10/07/2023120TL41 - Sawbridgeworth / Bishop's Stortford
27/06/2023120TL31 - Hertford
15/06/2023120TL31 - Hertford
14/06/2023120TL31 - Hertford
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VC20 VC21 VC21 VC20
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Forewing: 9-10mm.
Flight: One generation May-July.
Foodplant:   Blackthorn
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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