Geometridae: Larentiinae

1837 (ABH70.190) Grey Pug Eupithecia subfuscata, (Haworth, 1809)

KR08537

Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Hemingford Grey
Hemingford Grey
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies


General Information

The typical form of this species is brownish, but the dark grey ab.obscurissima is also quite common, especially in urban areas.

 

Pupates in a crevice, in leaf litter or in loose soil.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.
Both sexes come to light.

Forewing length: 10-12mm.
Foodplant(s): Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), hawthorns (Crataegus spp.), Barberry (Berberis vulgaris), sallows (Salix spp.), Aspen (Populus tremula), ragworts (Senecio spp.), knapweeds (Centaurea spp.), Yarrow (Achillia millefolium), Burnet-saxifrage (Pimpinella saxifraga), Betony (Stachys officinalis), broadleaved trees, herbaceous plants
Flying: One generation, May-June
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Habitat

Gradens, hedgerows, scrub, heathland and woodland.

Regional Information

Recorded in 83 (30.7%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in August 2018

Recorded date range (Adult): 30 April to 03 September

Similar Species
Pauper Pug / Fletcher's Pug Eupithecia egenaria
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Tawny Speckled Pug Eupithecia icterata
Colonsay, Argyll
Colonsay, Argyll
 Photo © Ian Fisher
Shaded Pug Eupithecia subumbrata
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Yarrow Pug Eupithecia millefoliata


Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Wrinkled
Colours:
Brown, grey, white
No. of Proleg Pairs:
2