Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Freyer's Pug
Eupithecia intricata

(Zetterstedt, 1839) 1827 / 70.176
=Eupithecia intricata arceuthata

General comments
Widespread resident.

The nominotypical subspecies intricata Zett. is not found in the British Isles, where the species is represented by subspecies hibernica Mere (Mere's Pug) in the west of Ireland, subspecies millieraria Wnukowsky (Edinburgh Pug) in northern England and Scotland and subspecies arceuthata Freyer (Freyer's Pug) in the south of England and the Midlands. Hertfordshire and Middlesex examples are exclusively the latter subspecies, which in the past was regarded as a full species. The larvae have taken to various ornamental Cupressaceae as a foodplant. This doubtless accounts for why it is quite absent from the City of London eastwards to the Isle of Dogs.

Recorded in 35 (85%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1940.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
09/08/2023120TL23 - Letchworth / Baldock
21/07/2023120TL42 - Bishop's Stortford (N)
09/07/2023120TL41 - Sawbridgeworth / Bishop's Stortford
02/07/2023120TL34 - Royston (S)
27/06/2023121TQ29 - Barnet / Finchley
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Forewing: 12mm
Flight: May - June.
Foodplant:   Cypresses, Juniper
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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