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Wormwood Pug
Eupithecia absinthiata

(Clerck, 1759) 1830 / 70.179

Davey, P., 2009: A common species in Britain, the polyphagous larva feeding on the flowers of many plants including yarrow (Achillea millefolium), mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris), ragwort (Senecio spp.), goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea), wormwood (Artemisea absinthium) and goosefoot (Chenopodium spp.). In Dorset, the moth is widely distributed and at low density. It is commonest along the coast where yarrow and wormwood abounds, and rare on open heathland and in woodland. Elsewhere, the moth is... Read More

Recorded in 35 (88%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1940.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 11-13mm
Flight: May - September
Foodplant:   Mugwort, Yarrow, Wormwood, Golden-rod and others
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
15/08/201919SY79 Puddletown
04/08/201919SY39 Lyme Regis
31/07/201919SY98 Wareham
24/07/201919ST61 Sherborne
24/07/2019+9SY67 Portland / Weymouth

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