The Moths of Suffolk
1848 Angle-barred Pug, Eupithecia innotata, (Hufnagel, 1767)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Rare

Habitats : Woodland, hedgerows, and gardens

Flight Period : Double-brooded; late May to mid-June

Larval foodplants : Ash, Sea Buckthorn, Tamarisk, hawthorns, blackthorns and elder.

Comments : The nominate form of this species is known as the Angle-barred Pug. There are two other forms; rustica (the Ash Pug) and tamariscata (Tamarisk Pug). There appear to be varying opinions as to whether Ash Pug is a separate species (in Europe it is listed separately). There is also a view that Angle-barred Pug does not occur in this country and that they are all forms of Ash Pug. Waring & Townsend (2003) says the use of mugwort as foodplant needs to be confirmed for this species

Morley's Final Catalogue : Rejected as indigenous by Bloomfield (Lep. Suff., P. 55); confirmed by a specimen bred in June 1901 from larva taken on mugwort near Aldeburgh on 10 September 1900 (Mathews, EMM. 1902, 247). Bred 14 May 1932 from pupa found at Aldringham on 2 August 1931 (Mly). Ash Pug now synonymised with this species, is recorded as somewhat scarce at Ipswich in 1893 (Mly), at light (Pyett); Playford, Woodbridge, Lowestoft, Beccles, Brandeston, Stowmarket. No record from the west.

Wingspan details : Forewing 10-12mm, Wingspan 18-24mm


Confusion species : None

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Great cornard, Suffolk (vii.2002) © N Sherman

Flight chart

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Bawdsey, Suffolk (v.2009) © Matthew Deans
Female - Trapped by Matthew Deans - Bawdsey, Suffolk (viii.2011) © Neil Sherman