Toadflax Pug - Eupithecia linariata


Wingspan 11 to 16 mm. Although similar to the Foxglove Pug (Eupithecia pulchellata), this species is smaller, usually brighter-coloured Another useful feature for separating these two species is the innermost black band, which does not extend all of the way to the dorsum (rear edge) of the wing in Toadflax Pug.

Identification difficulty

It inhabits waste ground and open grassy areas.

When to see it

July and August.

Life History

The small greenish caterpillars are marked with brown and feed in the flowers and seed pods of Common Toadflax (Linaria vulgaris) and cultivated Snapdragons (Antirrhinum).

UK Status

In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant).

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

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