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Larch Pug
Eupithecia lariciata (Freyer, 1842)
Geometridae: Larentiinae
1856 / 70.163
Photo © Terry Box,  SE4981:Hag Wood, Kilburn, VC62

Similar Yorkshire Species
Pauper Pug / Fletcher's Pug
Eupithecia egenaria
White-spotted Pug
Eupithecia tripunctaria
Forewing: 10-12mm
Flight: May - July
Foodplant:   Larch
Red List: Near Threatened (NT)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3

Yorkshire Status: Scarce and local resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Fairly widely recorded in VC63 and VC64 wherever larch plantations occur in woodlands but rather sparsely recorded in the rest of the County, especially in VC61, where larch is very local.

2012 (CHF): Most records are from VCs 62, 64 and 65 and it is less common in the south and east. Not seen in VC61 since 1995. Distinctive when fresh, worn specimens are easily confused with other species such as Grey Pug and Golden-rod Pug.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 76 (38%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1880.
Last Recorded in 2023.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
22/08/2023162SE88 - Pickering (E)
17/08/2023262SE88 - Pickering (E)
10/08/2023362NZ51 - Middlesbrough
10/08/2023164SD66 - High Bentham
10/08/2023162SE88 - Pickering (E)
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