The Moths of Suffolk
1862 Double-striped Pug, Gymnoscelis rufifasciata, (Haworth, 1809)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and very common

Habitats : In a wide variety, including heathland, woodland, scrub, fens, grassland, gardens

Flight Period : Double-brooded; late March to June and July to August. Occasional partial third brood September to October

Larval foodplants : Flowers of many plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Of frequent occurrence everywhere; formerly overlooked. Bentley, Wherstead, Ipswich, Westerfield, Playford, Needham, Orford, Aldeburgh, Southwold, Bungay, Gorleston, &c.

Wingspan details : Forewing 8-10mm, Wingspan 15-19mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Ipswich, Suffolk (iii.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Unusual form - Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2008) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (5.viii.2009) © A Prichard
found by day in conservatory - Bradwell, Suffolk (13.iii.2012) © Keith Knights
 
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Found feeding in centre of Sunflower - Ipswich, Suffolk (22.ix.2013) © Neil Sherman
A large Female moth trapped by Bill Last and Steve Whitehouse - Durlston Country Park, Dorset (4.x.2013) © Neil Sherman
Swept from flowering Heather - Purdis Heath, Suffolk (9.ix.2014) © Neil Sherman
 
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Swept from flowering Heather - Purdis Heath, Suffolk (9.ix.2014) © Neil Sherman
Swept from flowering Heather - Purdis Heath, Suffolk (9.ix.2014) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (14.viii.2017) © Paul Kitchener