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Pinion-spotted Pug
Eupithecia insigniata (H?bner, 1790)
Geometridae: Larentiinae
1820 / 70.174
Photo © Andrew Rhodes,  Coniston Cold, VC64

Similar Yorkshire Species: None
Forewing: 10-12mm
Flight: April - May
Foodplant:   Hawthorn
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Nationally Scarce
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3

Yorkshire Status: Rare and very local resident.

This beautiful and distinctive species is a real rarity in the county. For a long time, all Yorkshire records were from a small area south and east of Scarborough between 1977 and 1986 and these were the most northerly in the UK. In 2017 it surprisingly turned up at Coniston Cold where it was also recorded in 2018 and 19. The finder, Andrew Rhodes unfortunately left the county and moved south, so we do not know if it still occurs there. These records are a huge distance from the nearest known colony. It is an elusive species with a flight time of about a fortnight. The best habitats are said to be ancient hawthorn hedgerows and amongst large mature apple trees. The larvae are not easy to identify until they reach the final instar and have never been recorded in Yorkshire.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: The first Yorkshire record for this species occurred in 1977 in VC62. Since then, there have been further records in the same vice-county and it has also been found in VC61 but there are no reports from elsewhere.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 3 (2%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1977.
Last Recorded in 2019.
Additional Stats

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
15/05/2019164SD85 - Hellifield / Long Preston
01/06/2018164SD85 - Hellifield / Long Preston
20/05/2018164SD85 - Hellifield / Long Preston
12/05/2017164SD85 - Hellifield / Long Preston
18/06/1986161TA07 - Hunmanby
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