Currant Pug - Eupithecia assimilata


Although superficially similar to several other Eupithecia species, this moth usually has a distinct black mark on the forewing, a broken white subterminal line ending in a 'toothed' white blotch and a general chestnut colour to the forewings.

Identification difficulty

It inhabits woodland edges, gardens and allotments.

When to see it

Flies during May and June, with a second brood in the south during August.

Life History

The larvae lives on Hop and Red or Black Currant.

UK Status

Fairly 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

Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire & Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)

70.182 BF1832

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map