Dwarf Pug - West Hill 2007 - a locally distributed species - the caterpillars feed on various conifer species.
A lot of moth trappers or 'mothers' seem to give the pugs a wide berth. Some make a point of just not bothering with them - a bit like some birders with pipits or gulls. They are undoubtedly tricky and the subtle patterns on the wings soon wear off rendering many of them unidentifiable. When I was trapping I really enjoyed the challenge of sussing them out but I'll be the first to admit that mistakes were often made. In fact I'm not even 100% certain the 21 pugs illustrated here are what I think they are. All the pugs are small and unassuming. They are easily overlooked in the trap and don't always pose for their photos. They all however share a similar resting posture and have a unique (almost) shape among macro moths.
Freyer's Pug (ssp arceuthata)- Rockbeare 2007
Common Pug - Rockbeare 2007
Oak-tree Pug - Rockbeare 2007 - caterpillars feed on Hawthorn as well as Oak.
Grey Pug - Rockbeare 2007 - a bit unsure about this one!
Mottled Pug - Rockbeare 2007
Brindled Pug - Rockbeare - 2007
Double-striped Pug - Rockbeare 2007 - I used to trap tonnes of these.
Foxglove Pug - Rockbeare 2007 - a lovely species - pretty common.
Bordered Pug - Rockbeare 2006 - a bird dropping mimic!
Lime-speck Pug - Rockbeare 2008 - another bird dropping mimic.
Green Pug - Rockbeare 2008 - not so easy once the green has worn off.
Haworth's Pug - Topsham 2008 - orange'ish belt around abdomen but still feel a bit uneasy about the id of this one.
V-Pug - Rockbeare 2008 - an easy one to identify.
Netted Pug - Provence 2009
Wormwood Pug (I think) - Rockbeare 2006
Cypress Pug - Rockbeare 2006 - the caterpillars feed on Monterey Cypress and other cultivars.
Shaded Pug - Topsham 2007
Narrow-winged Pug - Topsham 2007 - the caterpillars feed on heather flowers.
Maple Pug - Topsham 2007 - the caterpillars eat Field Maple flowers.
White-spotted Pug - Rockbeare 2007