The Moths of Suffolk
1835 White-spotted Pug, Eupithecia tripunctaria, Herrich-Schäffer, 1852

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Fens, woodland, heathland, scrub

Flight Period : Double-brooded; May to early July and mid-July to August

Larval foodplants : First brood on Elder flowers, second brood on developing seeds of Wild Angelica and less frequently other umbellifers

Morley's Final Catalogue : Much overlooked; probably of frequent occurrence. Bentley (Harwood, Ml), Playford (C); Swefiing (Peek): before 1890. Occasionally at Monks Soham(Mly); Gorleston in 1934 (Mr).

Wingspan details : Forewing 10-12mm, Wingspan 17-21mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultCurrant Pug, Eupithecia assimilata
Common Pug, Eupithecia vulgata
Grey Pug, Eupithecia subfuscata
Golden-rod Pug, Eupithecia virgaureata
Larch Pug, Eupithecia lariciata

Compare confusion species
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Eye (21.viii.2001) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Found on Angelica seedhead - Ipswich, Suffolk (7.ix.2010) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2002) © N Sherman
Found on Angelica seedhead - Ipswich, Suffolk (7.ix.2010) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2007) © Neil Sherman
Worn specimen. - Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2007) © Neil Sherman