Satyr Pug Geometridae

Maps updated: April 2008

Eupithecia satyrata (Hubner, 1813)

Description: Wingspan 21-23 mm. Forewings pale brownish grey, giving an overall mottled appearance with poorly defined crosslines. There are small darker blotches along the costa of the forewing that are easily seen in fresh individuals. Hindwings similar in appearance, with the discal spot very weakly defined.

Similar Species: Common Pug E. vulgata has a more arched forewing and has a more orange brown appearance.

Key Identification Features:

Sets:  male upperside

Flight Period: End of June to late July. Skinner gives May and June as the normal flight period in Britain.

Status: Widely distributed in scattered sites throughout southern counties. The most recent records are from Peatlands Park and Dartry Lodge, Armagh, Castlewellan Forest, Down and Gortmaconnell Rock, Fermanagh. There have been no recent records from Favour Royal, Tyrone where it was previously taken by Kane.

Ecology: A species associated with woodland and some upland habitats. The larvae feed from July to September on the flowers of Devil's-bit Scabious Succisa pratensisand Knapweed Centaurea nigra. It overwinters as a pupa.

World Distribution: Common across northern and central Europe east to central Asia and North Africa.

Caterpillar: 

 Thompson, R. S. & Nelson, B., 2003 (Oct 2). [In] The Butterflies and Moths of Northern Ireland
http://www.ulstermuseum.org.uk/lepidoptera/species.asp?item=5916

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