Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Wormwood Pug
Eupithecia absinthiata

(Clerck, 1759) 1830 / 70.179

Morley's Final Catalogue: A common species throughout the County from Ipswich (Mly) to Gorleston (Mr). Frequent at light at Monks Soham, Fritton, &c. Larvae found on mugwort at Aldeburgh (G. F. Mathews), and commonly in Lothingland on ragwort (Wiltshire).

E. goossensiata (Ling pug). Not generally noticed, and perhaps somewhat local. Ipswich at light, and at Felixstow in 1902 (Gibbs); Ipswich and Monks Soham, occasionally at light (Mly); Playford (Gr); Southwold (Ctw); Beccles (Crf); Tuddenham (Vivian); Brandon (Barrett).

Recent Suffolk Status: Common. One of the more regular species of pug seen in the county.
Ling pug is now thought to be a heathland form of Wormwood pug. This form has been noted at heathland sites in the county. It is normally slightly smaller and greyer.

Life history: Single-brooded in one long generation. Larvae have been found in Suffolk on various flowers including Ragwort, Heather and Tansy.

Identification: Currant pug is similar but has smaller much more rounded forewings and a larger white spot.

Habitat: Grasslands, woodland rides, gardens, scrubby areas, coastal habitats.

Recorded in 48 (83%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1932.
Last Recorded in 2024.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
21/06/2024126TL84 - Sudbury/Glemsford
10/09/2023125TM14 - Ipswich
06/09/2023125TM15 - Helmingham/Claydon
03/09/2023125TM15 - Helmingham/Claydon
28/08/2023125TM59 - Lowestoft
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Forewing: 11-13mm.
Flight: May - Sept.
Foodplant:   Mugwort, Yarrow, Wormwood, Golden-rod and others
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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