Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Photo © Oliver Wadsworth,  Childswickham VC33. 30/03/2021

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White-spotted Pug
Eupithecia tripunctaria

Herrich-Schäffer, 1852 1835 / 70.160

A fairly common resident.

A species of woods, hedges, road verges, rough areas.

Overwinters as a pupa. Adults seldom seen except when attracted sparingly to light.

Note Two white dots close to the trailing edges of fore- and hind-wing. Also a distinctive pale spot on the thorax. Melanic varieties, which are particularly common, cannot easily be separated from those of Larch and Golden-rod Pugs without dissection.

Recorded in 105 (75%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1867.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 10-12mm.
Flight: May - June, August
Foodplant:   Elder and Wild Angelica
Red List: Near Threatened (NT)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
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
01/09/20221VC36 - HerefordshireSO35
28/08/20221VC39 - StaffordshireSK22 -
14/08/20221VC37 - WorcestershireSO66
14/08/20221VC40 - ShropshireSJ61
14/08/20221VC40 - ShropshireSJ61

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