Brindled Pug - Eupithecia abbreviata

    Description

    Wingspan 19 to 22 mm. Like several other species, in addition to the typical form there is a fairly common melanic form, hirschkei, which is devoid of many markings.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    It inhabits deciduous woodland.

    When to see it

    An early spring species, and one of the first pugs of the season to be regularly encountered, it flies in one generation in April and May.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on Oak and Hawthorn.

    UK Status

    Fairly common in much of Britain, except the far north of Scotland. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident).

    Reference
    70.156 BF1852

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