Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Photo © Patrick Clement,  Ex larva swept from Wormwood, Artemisia absinthium, on brownfield site in the West Midlands, early September.

Immature stages

Similar West Midlands Species
Bleached Pug
Eupithecia expallidata
White-spotted Pug
Eupithecia tripunctaria
Currant Pug
Eupithecia assimilata
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Wormwood Pug
Eupithecia absinthiata

(Clerck, 1759) 1830 / 70.179

A common resident found across the region.

A species of gardens in urban and suburban areas, woodland, heathland and moorland.

Overwinters as a pupa and comes to light in small numbers.

Note Currant Pug is similar but much smaller, with more rounded wings and a larger white tornal spot.

Recorded in 95 (68%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1887.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 11-13mm
Flight: May - September
Foodplant:   Mugwort, Yarrow, Wormwood, Golden-rod and others
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
14/08/20221VC37 - WorcestershireSO66
13/08/20221VC39 - StaffordshireSK04
13/08/20221VC36 - HerefordshireSO51
12/08/20221VC37 - WorcestershireSO98
07/08/20221VC39 - StaffordshireSJ85

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