The Moths of Suffolk
1840 Shaded Pug, Eupithecia subumbrata, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Mainly Brecks and Sandlings, can appear in some numbers

Habitats : Breckland, flowery grassy areas, open woodland, vegetated shingle, scrub

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late May to July

Larval foodplants : Flowers of many herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Though merely a local kind in southern England, this seems one of our rarest Pugs, possibly confused with E. succenturiata for none are noticed since the Revd. Joseph Greene, of Pupa-digging fame, took it at light in Playford about 1856.

Wingspan details : Forewing 10-12mm, Wingspan 16-20mm


Confusion species
    AdultGrey Pug, Eupithecia subfuscata
Bordered Pug, Eupithecia succenturiata

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Barnhamcross Common, Suffolk (vi.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Woolpit, Suffolk (21.vii.2015) © Paul Bryant