The Moths of Suffolk
1851 Golden-rod Pug, Eupithecia virgaureata, Doubleday, 1861

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Rare

Habitats : Various, including open areas in woodland, grassy hills, waste ground and roadside verges

Flight Period : Double-brooded; May to June and August

Larval foodplants : Second brood use ragworts and Golden-rod, first brood largely unknown, single record from Grey Willow

Morley's Final Catalogue : Rare or overlooked. A single example flew to electric light in Ipswich on 12 July 1895 ; none seen since that time (Mly). Gorleston garden in 1931 (Mr).

Wingspan details : Forewing 10-11mm, Wingspan 17-20mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultSatyr Pug, Eupithecia satyrata
White-spotted Pug, Eupithecia tripunctaria
Campanula Pug, Eupithecia denotata
Grey Pug, Eupithecia subfuscata
Larch Pug, Eupithecia lariciata

Compare confusion species
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Confirmed by examining the anal plate - North Cove, Suffolk (7.viii.2009) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Note the pale spot on the thorax - North Cove, Suffolk (7.viii.2009) © Neil Sherman
Male specimen. Anal plate examined by Neil Sherman, AWP & MD. - Bawdsey, Suffolk (8.viii.2009) © Matthew Deans
Female specimen. - Bawdsey, Suffolk (12.viii.2009) © Matthew Deans
 
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Female specimen. - Bawdsey, Suffolk (12.viii.2009) © Matthew Deans
Nethybridge, Inverness-shire (11.v.2014) © Neil Sherman