Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Nb
Local Status: Very rare resident.
Local Record: Grade 4 See here for explanation
Flight time: May-Jun.
Foodplant: Common Cow-wheat.
|Year first recorded||1995||1995|
|Year last recorded||2010||2010|
|Number of records||12||24|
|Number of individuals||84||168|
For the region, we have a total of 24 records from 10 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1995.
Similar species: 1813 Eupithecia harworthiata (Haworth's Pug) and 1821 Eupithecia valerianata(Valerian Pug).
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A local species in England and Wales, the larva feeding on the flowers of common cow-wheat (Melampyrum pratense). In Dorset, the moth is rare. So far, it has only been found in the north and north-east of the county within old deciduous woodland, specifically in oak woods where the foodplant carpets rides, such as in Piddles Wood, Chetterwood, Holt Wood, and Boys Wood. Other sites where the foodplant grows include Clifton Wood and Bere Wood. It is recommended that this species be included in habitat management plans for old oak and birch woodland sites that contain cow-wheat.