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
Currant Pug
Eupithecia assimilata
White-spotted Pug
Eupithecia tripunctaria
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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 88 (63%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1887.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 11-13mm
Flight: May - September
Foodplant:   Mugwort, Yarrow, Wormwood, Golden-rod and others
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
04/09/20191VC37 - WorcestershireSO77 -
27/08/20191VC36 - HerefordshireSO75
26/08/20191VC36 - HerefordshireSO53
24/08/20191VC36 - HerefordshireSO55
24/08/20191VC36 - HerefordshireSO53

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