Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Photo © Neil Sherman,  Redgrave Fen, Suffolk. June 2018

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Lead-coloured Pug
Eupithecia plumbeolata
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Valerian Pug
Eupithecia valerianata

(Hübner, 1813) 1821 / 70.181

Morley's Final Catalogue: Apparently very local with us. No records emerge since Henry Miller took it at Ipswich before 1890 (Lep. Suff. 31), excepting its occurrence in Bradwell Fen on 16 June 1933 - it is abundant just over the Norfolk border, at Caister.

Recent Suffolk Status: Very local. Not normally seen in numbers. Occasionally wanders away from known habitats.

Life history: Single-brooded. Larvae have been found on Common valerian at fenland sites in the county.

Identification: Common pug is slightly larger and is brown. Lead-coloured pug lacks the small white mark.

Habitat: Fens, river valleys.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 11 (19%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1933.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Bursa of female 29 May 2017 Hollesley - Raymond A Watson
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
20/06/2023125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
16/06/2022126TL77 - Mildenhall
02/06/2021+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
26/06/2020225TM49 - Somerleyton/Beccles
23/06/2019325TM49 - Somerleyton/Beccles
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Forewing: 8-10mm.
Flight: One generation June-July.
Foodplant:   Common Valerian
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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