The Moths of Suffolk
1821 Valerian Pug, Eupithecia valerianata, (Hübner, 1813)

National Status : Notable Nb

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Fens, broads and wet open ground

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

Larval foodplants : The flowers and ripening seeds of Common Valerian

Records : Barrow (A Parr, 1996), Mettingham (M Hall, 25.vii.1997), Minsmere (C Anderson, 1994 & 1995; SMG, 4.vii.2003), Thelnetham (M Hall, 1990), Redgrave (M Hall, 5.vii.1997, 1998; SMG, 6.vii.2001, 15.vii.2005, 16.vi.2006 & 22.vi.2007), Ipswich (N Sherman, 11.vi.2003), North Cove (SMG, 23.vi.2006)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Apparently very local with us. No records emerge since Henry Miller took it at Ipswich before 1890 (Lep. Suff. 31), excepting its occurrence in Bradwell Fen on 16 June 1933 - it is abundant just over the Norfolk border, at Caister.

Wingspan details : Forewing 8-10mm, Wingspan 15-18mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultLead-coloured Pug, Eupithecia plumbeolata
Common Pug, Eupithecia vulgata

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Redgrave Fen, Suffolk (vi.2008) © Neil Sherman

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