Ochreous Pug - Eupithecia indigata

Description

Wingspan 15 to18 mm. This species often looks distinctly greyish, rather than ochreous, and has a distinctive resting aspect (among the pugs), with the wings held slightly below the horizontal.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

It is a species of coniferous woodland.

When to see it

Flies early in the year, during April and May.

Life History

The caterpillars feed on the young shoots or buds of Scots Pine or Larch.

UK Status

Distributed widely throughout most of the British Isles. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).

Reference
70.171 BF1844

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

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

UK Map