Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Photo © Ben Sale,  Bramfield Woods, Hertfordshire (04/08/21)

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White-spotted Pug
Eupithecia tripunctaria

Herrich-Schäffer, 1852 1835 / 70.160

General comments:
Widespread resident.

One of only two or three British pugs with a white spot (scale tuft) on the scutellum (the very last bit of the thorax that overhangs the abdomen). Recorded in 1890 in Hertfordshire then re-found in 2003 after a gap of 113 years. This must surely reflect inadequate recording effort? The moth is currently "everywhere" and larvae have been found on Angelica on several occasions. A goodly proportion of presumed melanic Common Pugs prove on dissection to be this species, but not all examples have been dissected, so it is not possible to give percentages with absolute certainty.

Recorded in 33 (80%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1890.
Last Recorded in 2024.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
07/05/2024120TL30 - Hoddesdon / Cheshunt
05/05/2024120TL23 - Letchworth / Baldock
30/04/2024120TL30 - Hoddesdon / Cheshunt
11/09/2023120TL23 - Letchworth / Baldock
08/09/2023120TL23 - Letchworth / Baldock
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Forewing: 10-12mm.
Flight: Two generations May-June. Aug.
Foodplant:   Elder and Wild Angelica
Red List: Near Threatened (NT)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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