Grey Pug Geometridae

Eupithecia subfuscata (Haworth, 1809)

Description: Wingspan 17-21 mm. Forewings pale grey occasionally with an ochreous tinge. Adults have an overall mottled appearance with a pale sub-marginal line and a small distinct discal spot. Hindwings similar in appearance with a small black discal spot.

Key Identification Features:

Sets:  male upperside

Flight Period: Beginning of May to late August. Skinner gives May and June and occasionally August as the normal flight period in Britain.

Status: Common and widespread across southern counties with small scattered populations further north.

Ecology: This is a widespread species that has been recorded from a variety of habitats including woodland, bogs and some mature suburban gardens, Adults are attracted to light in small numbers. The larvae feed from August to October on a wide variety of trees and flowers.

World Distribution: Widespread across most of northern and central Europe including Russia and north America.

Bradley & Fletcher number: 1837 Agassiz number: 70.190

Additional information:

UK Moths account


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