The Moths of Suffolk
1854 Juniper Pug, Eupithecia pusillata, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Localised mainly to southerly Sandling heaths

Habitats : Grassland on chalky soil, gardens and parkland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June and July, although literature states July to September

Larval foodplants : Juniper and cultivated varieties of Juniper

Records : Ipswich (N Sherman, 1994 and 1996), Felixstowe (J Nicholls, 1996), Landguard (1997), Woodbridge (R Kendrick, 1994), Tunstall (D Young, 1999), Woodbridge (D Young, 1999), Dunwich Heath (M Cornish, 2003), Southwold (T Gladwin, 2003), Barrow (A Parr, 2006), Eye (P Kitchener, 29.viii.2007)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Common, and levelly distributed, so surely not feeding on Juniper. Bentley Woods and frequent around Ipswich (Mly); Kesgrave, Campsey Ash, Stowmarket. Common about Bury (Wrt); Dalham.

Wingspan details : Forewing 9-11mm, Wingspan 17-21mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultOak-tree Pug, Eupithecia dodoneata

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Light trapped by Steve Mills - Gunthorpe, Norfolk (25.vii.2008) © Lee Gregory

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Lynachlaggan, Inverness-shire (16.vii.2010) © Matthew Deans
Kullbery, Insh, Inverness-shire (25.vii.2011) © Neil Sherman
Melanic specimen - Kullbery, Insh, Inverness-shire (23.vii.2011) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ex larva beaten from Juniper shrub on moorland - Lochindorb, Morayshire (vii.2014) © Neil Sherman
Ex larva beaten from Juniper shrub on moorland - Lochindorb, Morayshire (vii.2014) © Neil Sherman
Beaten from Juniper shrub on moorland - Lochindorb, Morayshire (11.v.2014) © Neil Sherman