Foxglove Pug

  • Foxglove Pug
    Foxglove Pug
  • Foxglove Pug
    Foxglove Pug
  • Foxglove Pug
    Foxglove Pug
  • Foxglove Pug
    Foxglove Pug

Scientific name: Eupithecia pulchellata

May to June. Well distributed across Britain.

This moth is a brightly coloured member of the Pug family with alternating bands of grey-brown and buff-orange across the forewings. The hindwings have similar markings but are generally paler. Can be confused with the rarer Toadflux Pug.

Flies during the day in May and June and is attracted to light. The caterpillars can be seen from late June to mid-August which then overwinter as pupae in loose earth.

Size and Family

  • Family – Carpets, pugs and allies (Geometridae)
  • Small Sized
  • Wingspan Range – 20-24mm

Conservation Status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Common

Caterpillar Food Plants

The larvae feed on the inside of Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) flowers, especially on the stamens and developing seeds.

Habitat

A range of habitats where the Foxglove can be found including woodland, grassland and verges.

Distribution

  • Countries – England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland
  • Common and widespread across Britain including the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. 

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