Pimpinel Pug Geometridae

Eupithecia pimpinellata (Hubner, 1813)

Description: Wingspan 20-23 mm. Forewings pale greyish brown with a black elongated discal mark. There are also two additional black marks on the costal edge of the forewing. The sub-marginal line is wavy and quite pale in colour. Hindwings lighter and suffused with pale greyish brown along the outer edge. There is a small discal spot present in the median area of the hindwing

Key Identification Features:

Sets:  male upperside

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

Status: Apart from an old record for Londonderry, there were no other confirmed records of this coastal species in N. Ireland until 1999, when a single adult was taken at Killard Point National Nature Reserve, Down which was confirmed as being this species. There have been other claimed records in the past but these must be regarded as doubtful, since there are no voucher specimens to confirm the identifications. In southern Ireland it has been recorded from Cos. Cork, Kerry and Dublin.

Ecology: A rare species inhabiting coastal areas, rocky banks and limestone grassland. The foodplant is Burnet Saxifrage Pimpinella saxifraga.

World Distribution: Eurasiatic; widespread across Europe to central Asia and southwards to North Africa.

Bradley & Fletcher number: 1845 Agassiz number: 70.165

Additional information:

UK Moths account

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=5933

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