Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Photo © Patrick Clement,  Ex larva beaten from blackthorn blossom, Prunus spinosa, Illey, VC37, 22.4.23. Adult emerged 14.5.23.

Immature stages

Similar West Midlands Species
Green Pug
Pasiphila rectangulata
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Sloe Pug
Pasiphila chloerata

Mabille, 1870 1859 / 70.143

An uncommon resident, found more in the south.

A species of old hedgerows and thorn scrub.

Overwinters as an egg, larvae can be beaten from blackthorn blossom. Adults come sparingly to light so not often seen.

Note Can resemble some forms of Green Pug but fades rapidly to a brownish colour and has a salmon pink band at base of the abdomen which is black in Green Pug. Also, the cross-lines are less wavy.

Verification Grade Comment: Ideally take a photo if away from regular sites.

Recorded in 28 (20%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1970.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 9-10mm
Flight: May - July
Foodplant:   Blackthorn
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
10/06/20221VC36 - HerefordshireSO51
22/05/20221VC40 - ShropshireSJ51
17/06/20211VC37 - WorcestershireSO98
29/05/20191VC37 - WorcestershireSO97
15/06/20181VC37 - WorcestershireSP06

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