Lead-coloured Pug Geometridae

Eupithecia plumbeolata (Haworth, 1809)

Description: Wingspan 14-15 mm. Forewings pale whitish grey, occasionally with a yellowish tinge. Crosslines darker in colour and usually distinct in fresh specimens. The discal spot is normally small and vague. Hindwings similar in appearance.

Similar Species: see Haworth's Pug.

Key Identification Features:

Sets:  male upperside

Flight Period: Skinner gives May and June as the normal flight period in Britain.

Status: Currently unknown. There are no reliable recent records for this species. It was formerly recorded from Londonderry in 1875, Favour Royal in 1902, Slaghtfreeden and Lissan Estate in 1921.

Ecology: An apparently rare species associated mainly with woodland and sandy areas. The larvae feed during July and August. Recorded foodplants include Yellow-rattle Rhinathus minor and Common Cow-wheat Melampyrum pratense. It overwinters as a pupa.

World Distribution: Eurasiatic; Common and widespread across much of Europe.

Bradley & Fletcher number: 1814 Agassiz number: 70.153

Additional information:

UK Moths account


 Thompson, R. S. & Nelson, B., 2003 (Oct 2). [In] The Butterflies and Moths of Northern Ireland