Valerian Pug - Eupithecia valerianata

    Description

    Wingspan 16 to 20 mm. A relatively uniform and weakly-marked species.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    It generally occurs in damper habitats, such as fenland and broads.

    When to see it

    Flies during June and July.

    Life History

    The larvae live in the seedheads of Common Valerian, feeding on the developing seeds and flowers.

    UK Status

    This moth is distributed throughout Britain, though can be local in parts. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as Nationally Scarce B.

    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
    70.181 BF1821

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