Lime-speck Pug - Eupithecia centaureata


Wingspan 16-20 mm. A distinctive and slender-winged Pug, it is thought that this species may resemble a bird-dropping and thus reduce attraction to predators.

Identification difficulty

Occurs in a wide range of habitats.

When to see it

The species has one or two broods, being found on the wing from April to September.

Life History

The caterpillars feed on the flowers of a range of low-growing plants.

UK Status

Fairly common 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 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