The Moths of Suffolk
1857 Dwarf Pug, Eupithecia tantillaria, Boisduval, 1840

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Conifer plantations, heathland and other places conifers are grown

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

Larval foodplants : Norway Spruce, Sitka Spruce and Douglas Fir. Also other conifers

Morley's Final Catalogue : One found in Belstead road at Ipswich, about 1895 (Baylis) and at Bixley Decoy (Ml: both Suppl. 1900). Abundant among larch at Foxhall, Benhall and a few at Chillesford, in 1933-5 (Mly).

Wingspan details : Forewing 9-11mm, Wingspan 16-19mm


Confusion species
    AdultCloaked Pug, Eupithecia abietaria
Oak-tree Pug, Eupithecia dodoneata

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Tangham (24.iv.2004) © A Prichard

Flight chart
31 100 93 25 31

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Friday Street, Suffolk (iv.2003) © N Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2008) © Neil Sherman
New Forest, Hampshire (18.iv.2009) © Lee Gregory
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Waveney Woods Fritton, Suffolk (23.iv.2011) © Brian Jones