Shaded Pug - Eupithecia subumbrata

    Description

    Wingspan 16 to 20 mm. This is a pale greyish member of the genus.

    Habitat

    Inhabiting damp grassy places, salt marshes and similar habitats.

    When to see it

    A single generation flies in June and July, from dusk onwards, but is infrequent at light. It is more readily disturbed in the daytime from long herbage.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on a number of herbaceous plants, including field Scabious and Hawk's-beard, consuming the flowers and seeds.

    UK Status

    It is distributed mainly in southern England, especially near the coast, but does range northwards to Yorkshire. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

    Reference
    70.189 BF1840

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map