The Moths of Suffolk
1856 Larch Pug, Eupithecia lariciata, (Freyer, 1842)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Plantations, parks and gardens where larch is grown

Flight Period : Single-brooded; May to June, although literature also gives July

Larval foodplants : European Larch

Records : Kings Forest (R Eley, 1996; SMG, 1.v.1999), West Stow (C Smith, 1985; R Eley, 1991; S Dumican, 1998), Reydon (A Cornish, 1999), Knettishall Heath (M Hall, 10.vi.1999), Elveden (B Statham, vi.2003 & vi.2004; G Finch, 2007)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Much broader spread than was supposed in 1890, though still mainly western. Orford in July 1902 (Gibbs); one at Southwold in 1891 (Barrett). Near Timworth in 1911 (Nurse); Herringswell, and common near the rectory in Tuddenham during May 1898 (Sparke), larvae on larch at Tuddenham (Vivian); Brandon (Barrett).

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

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultPauper Pug, Eupithecia egenaria
White-spotted Pug, Eupithecia tripunctaria
Grey Pug, Eupithecia subfuscata
Golden-rod Pug, Eupithecia virgaureata

Compare confusion species
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Thetford Warren, Suffolk (31.v.2009) © Lee Gregory

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Folkestone Warren, Kent (9.vii.2009) © Matthew Deans
Knettishall Heath, Suffolk (21.vi.2013) © Neil Sherman