Foxglove Pug - Eupithecia pulchellata


Wingspan 18-22 mm. Quite a brightly coloured member of the Pug family.

Similar Species

Similar to the much rarer Toadflax Pug. A comparison is made at the following LINK.

Identification difficulty

Inhabiting open ground, woodland and a range of other habitats where its foodplant is found.

When to see it

The adults fly from May to July and are easily attracted to light.

Life History

The larvae feed inside the flowers of Foxglove, consuming the stamens and developing seeds.

UK Status

A fairly common and widely distributed species in Britain. 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

UK Map