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  Marbled Pug Eupithecia irriguata  

B&F: 1818

ABH: 70.170

Status: Unknown.

Distribution and Abundance: Rare - no modern records.

Primary Habitat: Woodland.

Flight Period: Single brooded in April and May.

Localities: Hazelborough Wood, Salcey Forest and Yardley Chase.

Observations: Wallis’s 1906 record below was of a moth taken in Weekley Hall Wood. Although the wood was well worked subsequently the record was not updated. The moth used to be particularly common at Salcey Forest which was a known locality for the species for around half a century. It has however not been seen in the forest for a number of years despite specific attempts to find it.  In view of its known southern distribution in the county further colonies could still be present in some of the less well worked woodlands in south Northants.

L.O.N.: 1906. Weedon, near Kettering. Not common.

First Record: 1906, Wallis.