Plain Pug - Eupithecia simpliciata

Description

Wingspan 21 to 23 mm. Despite its English (and Latin) name, this is one of the more distinctively-marked Pug moths, and is relatively easy to identify.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Frequents waste ground and similar areas where the larval foodplants are found.

When to see it

It flies from June to August.

Life History

The caterpillars feed on the seeds of Orache and Goosefoot.

UK Status

It is found throughout most of England, though scarcer further north, and is local in Ireland and Wales. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

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

Reference
70.166 BF1842

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

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

UK Map