Common Pug - Eupithecia vulgata


Wingspan 15-18 mm. This species is represented by a number of subspecies and forms. Typical forms and the Scottish and Irish subspecies scotica and clarensis have fairly distinct markings, but the fairly common form atropicta is dull and poorly marked, though it does usually retain some trace of the white subterminal line.

Identification difficulty

It occurs in any suitable habitat with the food plants Hawthorn and Willow.

When to see it

The species flies from May to August, with two generations in the typical race.

Life History

The larvae feed on a range of trees and plants, including Willow and Hawthorn.

UK Status

Common and widespread throughout Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

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

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

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