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Common Pug moth - Eupithecia vulgata
Family - Geometridae

The Common Pug moth is a common and widespread species found in most habitats across the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia.  It has a wingspan of 18–21mm (0.7-0.7in).  Its colouration is variable – brown or brown/grey, with a reddish tinge, ochre or whitish.  The wings are very patterned and the hindwings are similar to the forewings but are less conspicuously patterned.  Two broods are produced each year with adults on the wing during May-June and again in August.  There are a number of localised sub-species and melanistic forms will also be found.

The larvae colouration ranges from brown though to light green with a dark brown arrow shaped mark to each segment.  They feed on a variety of plants including Yarrow, Mugwort, Wormwood, Hawthorns, Goosegrass, Willows and Ragworts, all of which will be found in Brickfields Park.

Agassiz #70.183, Bradley & Fletcher #1834

Common Pug moth - Eupithecia vulgata, click for a larger image, photo licensed for reuse CCA3.0
Photo ©2016 Simon J Tonge
Common Pug moth - Eupithecia vulgata, click for a larger image, licensed for reuse CCA2.0
Photo ©2003 Donald Holbern

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