Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Tawny Speckled Pug
Eupithecia icterata

(Villers, 1789) 1838 / 70.187

Davey, P., 2009: A species with a general distribution in Britain, the larva feeding on the flowers and leaves of yarrow (Achillea millefolium) and sneezewort (Achillea ptarmica). In Dorset, the moth is at low density and commonest on unimproved coastal grassland where yarrow is abundant. Inland, the moth is locally frequent on unimproved grassland, and at low density in transient habitats, such as roadside verges, lawns and on waste ground. There is no evidence that the Tawny-speckled Pug... Read More

Recorded in 34 (85%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1929.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 11-13mm.
Flight: July - August
Foodplant:   Yarrow, Sneezewort
Red List: Near Threatened (NT)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
27/08/201919SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown
22/08/201919SZ07 Swanage
31/07/201919SY87 Lulworth coast
27/07/201919SZ07 Swanage
31/05/201919SY49 Bridport

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