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.
It inhabits deciduous woodland.
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.
The larvae feed on Oak and Hawthorn.
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.
Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident).
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