The Moths of Suffolk
1820 Pinion-spotted Pug, Eupithecia insigniata, (Hübner, 1790)

National Status : Notable Nb

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Rare

Habitats : Most frequent in hedgerows along open, ancient lanes, edges of woods

Flight Period : Single-brooded; May, although literature also includes late April

Larval foodplants : Hawthorn

Records : Lakenheath (A Main, 2002), Tunstall (SMG, 2003)

Comments : Possibly under-recorded?

Morley's Final Catalogue : Local and not ranging north of Norfolk: on whitethorn and apple-leaves. Found to be rare in Suffolk during 1853 (Ent. Wk- Intel.). "Considered rare, but I can sometimes find it easily enough by beating whitethorn at Kennet [Cambs]. Brandon, Tuddenham and round Newmarket" (T. Brown, ante 1890); bred in some numbers in west Suffolk during 1913 (Nurse, in lit. 20 Oct. 1913) ; a score bred from whitethorn, close to Tuddenham church, in 1910 (Hancock of Minehead, v. v. 1931). Bury 1936 (Btn).

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

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultNetted Pug, Eupithecia venosata

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Tunstall Common, Suffolk (v.2003) © N Sherman

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