The Moths of Suffolk
1816 Toadflax Pug, Eupithecia linariata, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and not infrequent

Habitats : Grassland, fens and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-June to August

Larval foodplants : Common Toadflax, in gardens on Snapdragon, and possibly Purple Toadflax

Morley's Final Catalogue : Broadly distributed, and somewhat common. Bentley Woods in July (Mly, Hkg); Playford; Felixstow in 1903 (EMM.,1904, 80), Stowmarket, Tuddenham, Brandon, Lowestoft. Flew to light in Gorleston on 27 August 1930 (Wiltshire).

Wingspan details : Forewing 9-10mm, Wingspan 16-20mm


Confusion species
    AdultBarred Carpet, Perizoma taeniata
Foxglove Pug, Eupithecia pulchellata

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Wordwell, Suffolk (viii.2004) © N Sherman

Flight chart
6 100 78 72 6

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Wordwell, Kings forest, Suffolk ( © Neil Sherman