The Moths of Suffolk
1846 Narrow-winged Pug, Eupithecia nanata, (Hübner, 1813)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Common to abundant in heathland areas; Brecks and Sandlings mainly

Habitats : Heathland, may wander and appear in other habitats

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late April to June, with partial second brood in from late July to August

Larval foodplants : Flowers of heather

Morley's Final Catalogue : Probably common on heaths, but overlooked (Barrett); feeds on heather and ling. Stowmarket. Foxhall heath, Southwold, Beccles; Fritton at light (Mly), Gorleston (Mr), Lothingland (D). Little noticed in the west, at only Tuddenham and Brandon, ante 1890.

Wingspan details : Forewing 9-12mm, Wingspan 17-20mm


Confusion species
    AdultSatyr Pug, Eupithecia satyrata
Scarce Pug, Eupithecia extensaria

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Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
3 100 46 22 43 2

Life history chart
pupa pupa pupa imago imago ovaimago larvapupa ovalarvapupaimago larva larva pupa pupa

Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2005) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2008) © Neil Sherman
Female flushed from Heather by day - Blar Mor, Inverness-shire (9.v.2014) © Neil Sherman
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Swept from Heather - Purdis Heath, Suffolk (9.ix.2014) © Neil Sherman