Geometridae: Larentiinae

1816 (ABH70.150) Toadflax Pug Eupithecia linariata, ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)


 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Toadflax Pug
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Dragoman, NW Bulgaria. 09-06-2019.
Dragoman, NW Bulgaria. 09-06-2019.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies

General Information

This species is smaller and usually more brightly-coloured than the similar Foxglove Pug.


Pupates in leaf litter or loose soil.

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

Forewing length: 9-11mm.
Foodplant(s): Common Toadflax (Linaria vulgaris)
Flying: One generation, July-August
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common


Open grassy areas.

Regional Information

Recorded in 33 (12.2%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in August 2023

Recorded date range (Adult): 27 May to 31 August

Similar Species
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Foxglove Pug Eupithecia pulchellata

Larva Type:
Yellow, green, red, brown, purple
No. of Proleg Pairs: