Common in gardens, parks and plantations throughout much of England. In Scotland subspecies millieraria
, known proverbially as Edinburgh Pug, occurs on moorland. In Ireland subspecies hibernica
, known as Mere's Pug, occurs on the limestone of the Burren. In Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight usually found in suburban localities, in association with leylandii
, and can be fairly common. Wingspan 20-24 mm. A possible confusion species is Pimpinel Pug E. pimpinellata
, which see for differences. Larva feeds on Juniper, Lawson's Cypress and Leyland Cypress, over-wintering as a pupa.