Golden-rod Pug - Eupithecia virgaureata

Alternative names
Goldenrod Pug

Wingspan 17 to 23 mm. The adult moth is relatively difficult to identify. Melanic or poorly-marked males are best confirmed by the shape of the abdominal plate. However, many Scottish examples can be identified by a combination of features including dark costal marks, black chequering on the veins, and a pale metathoracic spot.

Identification difficulty

Areas where the larval foodplants are present.

When to see it

There are two generations in the south with adults flying in May and June, and again from July to August. In Scotland, the second brood is occasional or only partial.

Life History

Larvae of the second-brood feed on flowers of golden-rod (Solidago virgaurea) and ragwort (Senecio jacobaea). The foodplants of the first brood are not fully established.

UK Status

A mainly northern and western species, with few recent records south of a line from the Severn to the Wash. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant).

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map