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Shaded Pug
Eupithecia subumbrata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Geometridae: Larentiinae
1840 / 70.189
Photo © Paul Bryant,  Woolpit, Suffolk

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Grey Pug
Eupithecia subfuscata
Bordered Pug
Eupithecia succenturiata
Forewing: 10-12mm.
Flight: One generation June-July.
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants.
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
Morley's Final Catalogue: Though merely a local kind in southern England, this seems one of our rarest pugs, possibly confused with E. succenturiata, for none are noticed since the Revd. Joseph Greene, of Pup-digging fame, took it at light in Playford about 1856.

Recent Suffolk Status: Found fairly commonly in the Brecks and Sandlings with occasional records elsewhere.

Life history: Single-brooded.

Identification: Bordered pug is a larger species with darker markings. Grey pug is greyish in colouration with no pale areas.

Habitat: Grassy areas with wildflowers, Breck grassland, road verges, coastal grassland, heathland.

Recorded in 27 (47%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1856.
Last Recorded in 2024.
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Latest 10 Records
22/06/2023125TM23Felixstowe/Landguard Point
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