Triple-spotted Pug - Eupithecia trisignaria


Wingspan c.20mm. This species is named after the group of three diffused dark spots arranged in a triangle; two along the leading edge of the forewing and the larger costal spot below. Other species with similar patterns usually show a white tornal spot, missing in the present species.

Identification difficulty

Areas where the larval foodplants are present.

When to see it

The adults fly in June and July.

Life History

The larvae feed on the flowers and developing seeds of Wild Angelica and occasionally Hogweed.

UK Status

It is a fairly local but widespread species, occurring sparsely over England, Wales and parts of Scotland. 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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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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