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Cloaked Pug
Eupithecia abietaria

(Goeze, 1781) 1815 / 70.149

Davey, P., 2009: A species that was formerly resident in Britain, the larva feeding internally on spruce (Picea spp.) cones. This huge Pug has undergone a dramatic decline in Britain, possibly due to the harvesting of spruce as a crop before maturation, and the consequent lack of mature cone-bearing trees. In Dorset, spruce tends to be harvested in this way, and the tree has never been native. The sole historical colony on record was from Purbeck at the start of the twentieth century: Norden... Read More

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Recorded in 5 (13%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1905.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 11-15mm
Flight: June - July
Foodplant:   Norway Spruce, Sitka Spruce, Silver Fir, Noble Fir
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Nationally Rare / Immigrant
Former Status: (Immigrant) Uncommon
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
19/07/201919SY79 Puddletown
28/06/201919ST40 Beaminster
20/06/201319SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown
02/09/2010159ST40 - Beaminster
02/07/201069ST40 Beaminster

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