Wormwood Pug - Eupithecia absinthiata


Wingspan 21-23 mm. The Ling Pug (f. goossensiata) was originally thought to be a separate species, but is now considered a heathland race of absinthiata.

Identification difficulty

Inhabiting open waste ground, gardens and woodland fringes.

When to see it

The adults fly in June and July and are often attracted to light.

Life History

The larval foodplants are a range of low-growing plants, including Ragwort and Yarrow.

UK Status

This species is widespread and fairly common over much 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 frequent but not common in Leicestershire & 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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