The Moths of Suffolk
1838 Tawny Speckled Pug, Eupithecia icterata, (Villers, 1789)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

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

Flight Period : Single-brooded; July to mid-September

Larval foodplants : Flowers and leaves of Yarrow and Sneezewort

Morley's Final Catalogue : Occurs everywhere, but most freely in High Suffolk. Distinctly sparse round Ipswich; abundant at Monks Soham light in July. Fritton (Wiltshire), Beccles, Ashby, Gorleston (Mr). The Var. cognata, Stn., has been taken rarely at Brandon (Barrett).

Wingspan details : Forewing 11-13mm, Wingspan 20-24mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultGrey Pug, Eupithecia subfuscata

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Ramparts Field, Suffolk (10.viii.2005) © Lee Gregory

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Female - Ipswich, Suffolk (19.viii.2010) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (viii.2007) © Neil Sherman
VC25, Gorleston, Suffolk (21.viii.2010) © Brian Jones
 
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f.cognata - Kullbery, Insh, Inverness-shire (23.vii.2011) © Neil Sherman
Found on Yarrow - Ipswich, Suffolk (18.x.2014) © Neil Sherman