The Moths of Suffolk
1830 Wormwood Pug, Eupithecia absinthiata, (Clerck, 1759)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread in eastern half of county, becoming scarcer in the west

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

Flight Period : Single-brooded; May to September

Larval foodplants : The flowers of many plants in the family Asteraceae (Mugwort, Yarrow, Wormwood, Golden-rod and others). The flowers of Heather (Ling Pug)

Comments : Morley also mentions under Ling Pug the following comment - Not generally noticed, and perhaps somewhat local. Ipswich at light, and at Felixstow in 1902 (Gibbs); Ipswich and Monks Soham, occasionally at light (Mly); Playford (Gr); Southwold (Ctw); Beccles (Crf); Tuddenham (Vivian); Brandon (Barrett).

Morley's Final Catalogue : A common species throughout the County from lpswch (Mly) to Gorleston (Mr). Frequent at light at Monks Soham, Fritton, &c. Larvae found on mugwort at Aldeburgh (G. F. Mathews), and commonly in Lothingland on ragwort (Wiltshire).

Wingspan details : Forewing 11-13mm, Wingspan 17-23mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultCurrant Pug, Eupithecia assimilata
Bleached Pug, Eupithecia expallidata
White-spotted Pug, Eupithecia tripunctaria
Campanula Pug, Eupithecia denotata
Pimpinel Pug, Eupithecia pimpinellata

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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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Ling Pug - North Wales (16.vii.2005) © Lee Gregory
Ling pug - Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2007) © Neil Sherman
Bawdsey, Suffolk (12.vi.2009) © Matthew Deans
 
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Bred from larva collected from Golden rod plants in September 2011 - Havant thicket, Hampshire (vii.2012) © Neil Sherman
Larva found on Golden rod plant - Havant thicket, Hampshire (ix.2011) © Neil Sherman
Ling pug - Ipswich, Suffolk (18.viii.2012) © Neil Sherman
 
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Found on Tansy flowers - Ipswich, Suffolk (27.viii.2013) © Neil Sherman
Ling pug larva - swept from flowering Heather - Purdis Heath, Suffolk (9.ix.2014) © Neil Sherman
Swept from Yarrow flowers - Hartland Point, Devon (29.viii.2015) © Neil Sherman