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Lead-coloured Pug
Eupithecia plumbeolata (Haworth, 1809)
Geometridae: Larentiinae
1814 / 70.153
Photo © Patrick Clement,  Wyre Forest, Worcestershire. Gen Det, male. July 8th 2018.

Similar West Midlands Species
Slender Pug
Eupithecia tenuiata
Haworth's Pug
Eupithecia haworthiata
Forewing: 9-10mm
Flight: May - June
Foodplant:   Common Cow-wheat
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB status: Nationally Scarce
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4

A local and scarce species, mainly in the Wyre Forest.

A species of open and coppiced woodland where its foodplant grows.

Overwinters as a pupa while adults come readily to light.

Note Similar to Haworth's Pug but without the reddish band on the abdomen. Cross-lines are very wavy. Worn examples and those caught away from regular sites will require dissection.

Verification Grade Comment: Genitalia examination of worn specimens needed

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 14 (10%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1863.
Last Recorded in 2021.
(Data up to end 2022)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
02/07/2021137SO77 - Wyre Forest
30/06/2021137SO77 - Wyre Forest
08/07/2018237SO77 - Wyre Forest
30/06/2018237SO77 - Wyre Forest
24/06/2018+37SO86 - Droitwich Spa
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