The Moths of Suffolk
1837 Grey Pug, Eupithecia subfuscata, (Haworth, 1809)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Woodland, heathland, scrub, grassland, fens and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; May to June, occasional years have a second generation in August

Larval foodplants : Flowers and leaves of various broadleaved herbaceous and woody plants - found locally on sallows

Morley's Final Catalogue : Certainly generally distributed and perhaps common, but little noticed. Rather rare about Ipswich (Mly, Baylis) ; Bentley Woods; Monks Soham light; frequent at Weston. Gorleston (D).

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


Confusion species
    AdultPauper Pug, Eupithecia egenariaWhite-spotted Pug, Eupithecia tripunctaria
Yarrow Pug, Eupithecia millefoliataGolden-rod Pug, Eupithecia virgaureata
Larch Pug, Eupithecia lariciataGreen Pug, Pasiphila rectangulata

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Eye ( © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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On Angelica - Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2005) © Neil Sherman
Theyford Warren, Suffolk (31.v.2009) © Lee Gregory
Female - Ipswich, Suffolk ( © Neil Sherman
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Ipswich, Suffolk (22.v.2011) © Neil Sherman