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Wormwood Pug
Eupithecia absinthiata (Clerck, 1759)
Geometridae: Larentiinae
1830 / 70.179
Photo © Terry Box, 24 Jun 2017,  SE4672:Pilmoor, VC62

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Currant Pug
Eupithecia assimilata
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Eupithecia tripunctaria
Forewing: 11-13mm
Flight: May - September
Foodplant:   Mugwort, Yarrow, Wormwood, Golden-rod and other herbaceous plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2

Yorkshire Status: Fairly common and thinly distributed resident.

Well-distributed across the whole county. Sometimes confused with Currant Pug which is smaller but can have very similar markings. It is noticeably longer-winged with a less obvious tornal spot and not such a prominent discal spot. Upland specimens are smaller and greyer. Previously these were known as Ling Pug but it is now considered that this is just a heather feeding form of Wormwood Pug. The genitalia are indistinguishable. It seems to be doing quite well in the county.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded sparsely from all five vice-counties. Most records come from VC63, where it is common in the south and VC64, although it is also said to be common at Wass (VC62) (AMRH pers. comm.). It is probably much more generally common but, as with most pugs, under-recorded.

Recorded in 148 (74%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1857.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
14/09/2023163SE71 - Crowle
23/08/2023163SD93 - Wycoller
21/08/2023162NZ41 - Stockton-on-Tees
20/08/2023163SE04 - Keighley / Silsden
19/08/2023164SE24 - Bramhope / Otley
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