The Moths of Suffolk
1852 Brindled Pug, Eupithecia abbreviata, Stephens, 1831

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Oak woodland, heathland with oak scrub

Flight Period : Pedunculate and Sessile Oak, hawthorns

Larval foodplants : Single-brooded; March to mid-May

Morley's Final Catalogue : Quite a common species, and broadly distributed in woods. Bentley Woods, somewhat frequent at Ipswich, Playford, Earlsoham, Stowmarket. Beccles, Fritton, Belton, at Monks Soham light.

Wingspan details : Forewing 10-12mm, Wingspan 19-22mm


Confusion species
    AdultMottled Pug, Eupithecia exiguata
Oak-tree Pug, Eupithecia dodoneata

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Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (iii.2005) © Neil Sherman
f. hirschkei - Ipswich, Suffolk (iii.2009) © Neil Sherman
Beaten from oak - Ipswich, Suffolk (10.v.2011) © Neil Sherman
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Bradfield Woods, Suffolk (12.iv.2012) © A Prichard