The Moths of Suffolk
1822 Marsh Pug, Eupithecia pygmaeata, (Hübner, 1799)

National Status : Notable Nb

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Rare

Habitats : Marshy areas, wet meadows, fens, breckland, derelict open ground, coastal dunes

Flight Period : Single-brooded; May to June

Larval foodplants : Flowers and seed capsules of Field Mouse-ear and probably other mouse-ears

Records : Redgrave Fen (H E Chipperfield,, Great Cornard (S Read, 2003-5), North Cove (SMG, 29.vii.2005)

Morley's Final Catalogue : We seem at the extremity of this species' southern range but it is less rare here than was formerly thought to be the case. A few about Ipswich in 1893, rare at Monks Soham light in 1924, and one taken at Barton Mills in June 1900 (Mly) ; several netted, and larvae taken, in west Suffolk during 1913 (Nurse, in lit. 20 Oct. 1913). Worlingham Park, before 1890 (Crf); Lothingland (Mr, one). Bentley Woods, 26 May 1932 (D).

Wingspan details : Forewing 8-9mm, Wingspan 14-16mm


Confusion species
    AdultLead-coloured Pug, Eupithecia plumbeolata

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Great Cornard ( © S Read

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Further Photographs

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Great Cornard ( © S Read
North Cove, Suffolk (vii.2005) © Neil Sherman