The Moths of Suffolk
1853 Oak-tree Pug, Eupithecia dodoneata, Guenée, 1857

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Old woodland, scrub, heathland with scrub

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-April to June

Larval foodplants : Berries and leaves of hawthorn, also leaves of Pedunculate Oak

Morley's Final Catalogue : Usually a somewhat local kind, but doubtless merely overlooked by us. Playford (Gr); Framlingham (Bloomfield) Coddenham and Combs (C); bred and captured near Timworth in 1909 (Nurse, Entom. 1911, 200).

Wingspan details : Forewing 8-11mm, Wingspan 19-22mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultBrindled Pug, Eupithecia abbreviata
Juniper Pug, Eupithecia pusillata
Dwarf Pug, Eupithecia tantillaria

Compare confusion species
    Adult

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Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2005) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Lineage Wood, Suffolk (6.v.2005) © Lee Gregory
Bawdsey, Suffolk (14.v.2009) © Matthew Deans