Tawny Speckled Pug - Eupithecia icterata
Wingspan 20 to 23 mm. One of our largest Eupithecia species. Typically the moth shows the fairly plain, two-tone reddish and brown appearance of the subspecies fulvata but in northern parts a more variegated race cognata occurs.
Areas where the food plants are found.
July and August is the main flight time for this usually single-brooded species.
The foodplants are Yarrow and Sneezewort, the caterpillars eating the flowers as well as the leaves.
Occurring widely and often commonly throughout most of Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.
Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident).
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015