Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, May-Jun, Jul-Aug.
Foodplant: Elder and Wild Angelica.
|Year first recorded||1953||2007||1999||1953|
|Year last recorded||2011||2007||2010||2011|
|Number of records||406||1||7||828|
|Number of individuals||519||1||6||1052|
For the region, we have a total of 828 records from 202 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1953.
Similar species: 1837 Eupithecia subfuscata (Grey Pug), 1851 Eupithecia virgaureata (Golden-rod Pug) and 1856 Eupithecia lariciata (Larch Pug).
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: Found throughout Britain, but local in northern Scotland, the larva feeding on the flowers and ripening seed capsules of wild angelica (Angelica sylvestris), goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea), cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris), wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa), and the flowers of elder (Sambucus nigra). In Dorset, the moth is locally widespread and at low density in the adult stage, but larvae have been reported as common, albeit heavily parasitised, on wild angelica from a number of localities. The larva has also been found on elder.