The Moths of Suffolk
1817 Foxglove Pug, Eupithecia pulchellata, Stephens, 1831

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and reasonably frequent

Habitats : In a wide variety, including heathland, scrub, gardens, woodland, fens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; May to late August

Larval foodplants : Foxglove, feeding inside the flower, spinning the opening of flower shut

Comments : The larvae are relatively easy to find from July to mid-August by looking at Foxglove flower spikes for flowers where the opening of the flower has been spun together to close the opening

Morley's Final Catalogue : Overlooked or confused, and (though always abundant in the New Forest) almost unrecorded from Suffolk since 1890, when it was known here solely from Playford (Gr) and Ipswich (Ml). One specimen in Gorleston garden among foxglove in 1933 (Mr).

Wingspan details : Forewing 10-12mm, Wingspan 18-22mm


Confusion species
    AdultBarred Carpet, Perizoma taeniata
Toadflax Pug, Eupithecia linariata

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2006) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
16 100 63 13

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Spun flower containing larva - Mildenhall ( © A Prichard
Larva in flower - Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2002) © N Sherman
Flower spun up by larva - Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2002) © N Sherman
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Worn specimen - Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2005) © Neil Sherman
Eye (15.v.2000) © Paul Kitchener
Bawdsey, Suffolk ( © Matthew Deans
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Woolpit, Suffolk ( © Paul Bryant