Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Oak-tree Pug
Eupithecia dodoneata
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Juniper Pug
Eupithecia pusillata

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 1854 / 70.158

General comments:
Widespread but local resident, perhaps declining.

As with most pugs, this species is likely to be under-recorded. Juniper is confined to a very few places in the west of the county, so garden plantings of ornamental conifers probably support the bulk of the Hertfordshire and Middlesex population. This may explain the relative scarcity of dots in north Hertfordshire where human residency is far less dense and the supply of foodplant potentially restricted. The moth also seems to avoid the densely urban areas of eastern Middlesex.

Determination by Genitalia Examination Required

Recorded in 20 (49%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1900.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
22/08/2023120TL42 - Bishop's Stortford (N)
19/08/2023120TL10 - St Albans
15/08/2023120TL10 - St Albans
11/08/2023320TL10 - St Albans
11/08/2023120TL42 - Bishop's Stortford (N)
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VC20 VC21 VC21 VC20
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Forewing: 9-11mm
Flight: One generation July-Sept.
Foodplant:   Common Juniper, Prostrate Juniper, cypresses
Red List: Vulnerable (VU)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4
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