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Thyme Pug
Eupithecia distinctaria

Herrich-Schaffer, 1838 1843 / 70.172

Davey, P., 2009: A very local species restricted to the southern and western coasts in Britain, the larva feeding on the flowers of wild thyme (Thymus polytrichus). In Dorset, the moth is very local, at low density and restricted to Portland, Durlston and Ballard Down. Old records indicate that the species occupied the same localities in areas of unimproved dry short-turf grassland on chalky soil. The following technique was evidently productive in days gone by, and may be the best way to yield... Read More

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Recorded in 6 (15%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1886.
Last Recorded in 2017.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 8-10mm
Flight: June - July
Foodplant:   Thyme
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Nationally Scarce
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
19/06/201719SY67 Portland / Weymouth
18/06/201719SY67 Portland / Weymouth
17/06/201719SY67 Portland / Weymouth
16/06/201719SY67 Portland / Weymouth
22/06/201619SY66 Portland Bill

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