Wingspan 18 - 22mm. Probably the least distinctively marked pug. There is a thin white wavy line towards the rear of the fore-wing and the body has short black tick-marks along its abdomen.
Hedgerows, scrubby areas, woodland and gardens. The caterpillars feed on a wide variety of plants including sallows, hawthorn, bramble, ragwort, yarrow and hogweed.
Status and distribution
Common and widespread throughout Britain. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.
Best time to see
May to August in two broods.