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Currant Pug

Currant Pug

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Little moths like this with their wings held out to the sides are all members of the Pug family.

Pugs are notoriously difficult to identify down to species level, and as such, are seen as a bit of a challenge by moth enthusiasts.

The one pictured is a Currant Pug and holds the distinction of being the first ever pug I have caught and identified since I got my moth trap.

The procedure when moth trapping is to place each one in a little jar and put it in a cool part of your fridge.

This does no harm,but makes the moth less active and easier to photograph for identification before release.

At least that is the theory.

It is not the first time I have taken a jar from the fridge first thing in the morning only for the moth to fly straight out as soon as I removed the lid!

This does not unduly worry me as I process my moths in the conservatory, so I simply photograph the moth on the glass then open a window to let it out. Only a day or two after catching my first pug I caught my second.

I was eagre to photograph and enlarge it to see if I had a different species this time.

Whether I did or not, I do not know. I no sooner opened the jar than the wee pug shot out, did a lap inside the conservatory and landed on a bromalid plant.

Within a split second of it landing, a spider sprang from between the leaves, grabbed my pug and disappeared again!

Oh well, the best laid plans of moths and men!

I hope it wasn’t rare!