The Moths of Suffolk
1845 Pimpinel Pug, Eupithecia pimpinellata, (Hübner, 1813)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Rare

Habitats : Grassland, verges and open woodland areas, on chalky soil

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to July

Larval foodplants : Ripening seeds of Burnet-saxifrage

Records : Barrow (A Parr, 1996), Great Cornard (S Read, 29.vii.2005)

Morley's Final Catalogue : "I have been fortunate enough to meet with a few larvae of Campanula Pug and Pimpinel Pug during the last fortnight " (Crewe at Stowmarket, 3 Sept. : Ent. Wk. Int. 1858, 189). The latter only is noticed by Bloomfield, who failed to consult the Intelligencer when compiling his Lep. of Suffolk, and has been found at Ipswich by Miller.

Wingspan details : Forewing 11-12mm, Wingspan 20-23mm


Confusion species
    AdultWormwood Pug, Eupithecia absinthiata
Campanula Pug, Eupithecia denotata

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Great Cornard (29.vii.2005) © Stuart Read

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