The Moths of Suffolk
1825 Lime-speck Pug, Eupithecia centaureata, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

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

Flight Period : Double-brooded with overlapping broods; May to September

Larval foodplants : The flowers of many low growing plants - has been found locally on Yarrow flowers and seeds, Sea Aster flowers

Morley's Final Catalogue : Frequently very numerous, and nowhere absent. Rather sparse around Ipswich; Playford (Ent. Wk. Int. 1857, ii); from Sizewell and Southwold to Tuddenham Fen and Worlington, where it abounded at light in August 1934 (Mly, D); Beccles, Hopton and Gorleston

Wingspan details : Forewing 10-12mm, Wingspan 20-24mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultPretty Pinion, Perizoma blandiata
Marbled Pug, Eupithecia irriguata

Compare confusion species
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Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Maidscross Hill, Lakenheath, Suffolk (v.2003) © N Sherman
Larva on Sea Aster - Shingle Street, Suffolk (5.ix.2005) © Tony Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (24.vi.2009) © A Prichard
 
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Swept from Pepper Saxifrage flowerheads - Mellis Common, Suffolk (18.ix.2011) © Neil Sherman
Swept from Pepper Saxifrage flowerheads - Mellis Common, Suffolk (18.ix.2011) © Neil Sherman