The Moths of Suffolk
1826 Triple-spotted Pug, Eupithecia trisignaria, Herrich-Schäffer, 1848

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Fens, wet meadows, damp woodland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late June to August

Larval foodplants : Ripening seeds of Wild Angelica and Hogweed

Records : Kirton (SMG, 31.vii.2002), Minsmere (C Anderson, 1995; R Harvey, 3.ix.2005), Redgrave (M Hall & G Haggett, 1990), St Olaves (J Crouch, 2000), Dingle Marshes (D Young, 12.viii.2000), Ipswich (N Sherman, 11.ix.2000, 5.ix.2001 & 28.vii.2002), Barnby (SMG, 25.viii.2001), Lakenheath (B Statham, 19.vi.1993), Tunstall (D Young, 2001), Dunwich Heath (M Cornish, 20.vi.2003), Walberswick (SMG, 31.vii.2004), North Cove (SMG, 29.vii.2005)

Morley's Final Catalogue : A species of general, if somewhat local, distribution throughout the southern half of England, feeding on the commonest kinds of Suffolk umbells. Bloomfield excluded our records (Lep. Suff., p. 55); but they may certainly be reinstated, with confidence of future confirmation.

Wingspan details : Forewing 10-11mm, Wingspan 15-20mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultCurrant Pug, Eupithecia assimilata
Common Pug, Eupithecia vulgata
Grey Pug, Eupithecia subfuscata

Compare confusion species
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North Cove, Suffolk (vii.2005) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Bred from larva collected from Angelica flowerheads - Lopham Fen, Norfolk (vii.2012) © Neil Sherman
Feeding on Angelica seeds. Found by tapping flowerheads over beating tray - Lopham Fen , Norfolk (18.ix.2011) © Neil Sherman
Feeding on Angelica seeds. Found by tapping flowerheads over beating tray - Lopham Fen , Norfolk (18.ix.2011) © Neil Sherman