Sloe Pug - Pasiphila chloerata
Wingspan 17 to 19 mm. Very similar to the Green Pug but only faintly green and with a salmon pink belt near the base of the abdomen.
Various habitats especially around hedges and copses containing Blackthorn.
The moths fly in May and June.
The distinctive caterpillar is pale green or whitish with a pinkish dorsal line, and feeds in the early spring on the flowers of Blackthorn.
Only discovered in Britain in the early 1970's, it was undoubtedly previously overlooked amongst Green Pug. It is now known from much of England northwards to Yorkshire. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.
Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).
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