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Pug Moth

Observed: 9th April 2010 By: Tony TownerTony Towner’s reputation in InvertebratesTony Towner’s reputation in InvertebratesTony Towner’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

Pug Moths are notoriously difficult to identify and this one is no exception.
The more likely Pugs to find at this time of the year in Berkshire are:
Double-striped, Brindled and Oak-tree.I have ruled out Double-striped in this case as there do not appear to be any black-edged cross lines. Therefore I think it is between Brindled and Oak-tree. Brindled normally has a distinct black central spot in the forewing, but this appears to be absent. The Oak-tree has Orange-brown scales along the leading and trailing edges of forewing and this does seem likely in this photograph. Therefore I am plumping for Oak-tree Pug. Has anyone else got any ideas?

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Brindled Pug (Eupithecia abbreviata) interacts

Comments

RHoman's picture

Have a look at...

http://www.lancashiremoths.co.uk/visitor/downloads/Pugs%20of%20Lancashir...

On the basis of the comparative details shown there, your's is a Brindled Pug, i.e. weak discal spot (in this case very weak indeed), no obvious pale area beyond the discal spot, and what look to be comparativley pointed wings. Indeed, it fits more closely with the Brindled description and pictures in Waring and Townsend. An indication of size would be useful.

Robert

Robert Homan

Martin Harvey's picture

Brindled Pug

I'd agree with Robert that this is Brindled Pug - does one of you want to add that as an identification so I can agree it?!

Thanks for the Lacashire link Robert; their document obviously needs interpreting a bit for use in southern counties but it is a really good resource.

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Tony Towner's picture

Brindled Pug

Having discussed this photograph personally with Martin, I agree it is a Brindled Pug.

Tony