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.

Identification difficulty

Areas where the food plants are found.

When to see it

July and August is the main flight time for this usually single-brooded species.

Life History

The foodplants are Yarrow and Sneezewort, the caterpillars eating the flowers as well as the leaves.

UK Status

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.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident).

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map