The Green Pug (Chloroclystis rectangulata)
is a moth
of the family Geometridae
. It is sometimes placed in the genus Pasiphila
. It is common throughout the Palearctic
region and the Near East
Typically this species has green wings with distinct dark bars but it can be quite variable and is often mostly dark brown with little green. The green coloration also fades over time. It flies at night in June and July and is attracted to light.
The stout larva is green with a reddish stripe and feeds on the flowers of various Rosaceae including apple, blackthorn, cherry, hawthorn, pear and quince. The species overwinters as an egg.
- The flight season refers to the British Isles. This may vary in other parts of the range.
- Chinery, Michael Collins Guide to the Insects of Britain and Western Europe 1986 (Reprinted 1991)
- Skinner, Bernard Colour Identification Guide to Moths of the British Isles 1984