Geometridae: Larentiinae

1811 (ABH70.147) Slender Pug Eupithecia tenuiata, (Hübner, [1813])


Seghill, Northumberland
Seghill, Northumberland
 Photo © Ian Fisher
Seghill, Northumberland
 Photo © Ian Fisher

General Information

This is one of the smaller 'Pugs'.


Pupates in leaf litter.

Overwinters as Overwinters as an egg.
Both sexes come to light but in small numbers only.
Often found at rest during day

Forewing length: 8-10mm.
Foodplant(s): Goat Willow (Salix caprea), Grey Willow (Salix cinerea), Eared Willow (Salix aurita)
Flying: One generation, June-July
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common


Woodland edges, meadows and marshes.

Regional Information

Recorded in 52 (19.3%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in August 2021

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

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Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Small Dusty Wave Idaea seriata
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Maple Pug Eupithecia inturbata
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Haworth's Pug Eupithecia haworthiata
Lead-coloured Pug Eupithecia plumbeolata

Larva Type:
Green, white, black, brown
No. of Proleg Pairs: