Geometridae: Larentiinae

1820 (ABH70.174) Pinion-spotted Pug Eupithecia insigniata, (Hübner, 1790)


 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Pinion-spotted Pug
 Photo © Barry Dickerson

General Information

This species is one of the few pugs which can be readily identified by its distinctive markings.


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): hawthorns (Crataegus spp.)
Flying: One generation, late April-May
National status: Nationally Scarce B


Hedgerows and edges of woods.

Regional Information

Recorded in 9 (3.3%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in April 2009

Recorded date range (Adult): 30 April to 05 June

Similar Species
Hemingford Grey, May 2005
Hemingford Grey, May 2005
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Netted Pug Eupithecia venosata

Nationally Scarce B

Larva Type:
Green, purple, brown
No. of Proleg Pairs: