The Moths of Suffolk
1842 Plain Pug, Eupithecia simpliciata, (Haworth, 1809)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Saltmarshes, river banks, coastal habitats and rough open habitats

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-June to mid-August

Larval foodplants : Seeds of goosefoots and oraches

Comments : Most frequently recorded in coastal areas and near to rivers

Morley's Final Catalogue : A very distinct species, 'usually common on the sea-coast' (Barrett). Ipswich(C, Ml), at light in 1893 (Mly); a half-dozen at Orford in 1902 (Gibbs); Aldeburgh (Crtw); Beecles (Crf); Gorleston in early July (D). This is another coast insect occurring on the Breck, at Brandon (Whe).

Wingspan details : Forewing 11-13mm, Wingspan 21-23mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultYarrow Pug, Eupithecia millefoliata

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Eye (28.vi.2001) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Southwold, Suffolk (1.vii.2005) © Lee Gregory
Found at night feeding on Orache seedheads - Little Blakenham, Suffolk (28.ix.2013) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (24.vii.2013) © Paul Kitchener
 
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First site record - Ipswich, Suffolk (17.vii.2013) © Neil Sherman
Ex larva found 2013 - Little Blakenham, Suffolk (vii.2014) © Neil Sherman