Lime-speck Pug Geometridae

Eupithecia centaureata (Denis & Schiff., 1775)

Description: Wingspan 20-24 mm. Adults resemble a bird dropping when at rest. Forewings greyish white with a dark brown blotch that merges with the black discal spot; the size of the blotch can vary between individuals. There are also darker blotches running along the dorsum of the forewing. Hindwings pale white with a small black discal spot and chequered fringe.

Key Identification Features:

Sets:  male upperside

Flight Period: End of May to late August. Skinner gives from summer to early autumn as the normal flight period in Britain.

Status: Common and fairly widespread in eastern counties with the majority of records coming from well-recorded sites along the Down coastline. It has also been recorded from several inland sites in north Armagh at Loughgall, Aughinlig and Navan and also from Rathlin Island, Antrim.

Ecology: A polyphagous species found in a variety of habitats in small numbers. Adults come frequently to light and will occasionally visit flowers. The larvae feed during June and July on the flowers of mouse-ears Cerastium spp. It overwinters as a pupa.

World Distribution: Eurasiatic; common throughout Europe as far east as Asia and also North Africa.

Bradley & Fletcher number: 1825 Agassiz number: 70.173

Additional information:

UK Moths account


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