Brindled Pug - Eupithecia abbreviata


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

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).

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

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