The Moths of Suffolk
1815 Cloaked Pug, Eupithecia abietaria, (Goeze, 1781)

National Status : Uncommon; suspected immigrant

Local Status : Rare immigrant (SMP Status 4)

Habitats : Conifer plantations and shelterbelts

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to July

Larval foodplants : Conifers - mainly Norway Spruce but also Sitka Spruce, Noble Fir, Silver Fir and larch

Records : Wordwell (J Chainey & J Spence, 9.vii.2005)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Another merely local Pug, known in Suffolk only by Dunning's record of it from Brandon so long ago as 1849 (Entom. 1869, 372), confirmed by one specimen beaten from a hedge by Crutwell at Southwold in 1891 (EMM. xxvii, 221), at the other extremity of the County.

Wingspan details : Forewing 11-15mm, Wingspan 21-25mm


Confusion species
    AdultDwarf Pug, Eupithecia tantillaria

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Light trapped by Steve Joyner - Sheringham, Norfolk (22.vii.2008) © Lee Gregory

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Further Photographs

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Tromiebridge Meadow, Inverness-shire (18.vii.2010) © Matthew Deans