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Toadflax Pug
Eupithecia linariata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Geometridae: Larentiinae
1816 / 70.150
Photo © Oliver Wadsworth,  17/07/2017

Similar West Midlands Species
Foxglove Pug
Eupithecia pulchellata
Forewing: 9-11mm
Flight: July - August
Foodplant:   Common Toadflax
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2

A fairly common resident.

A species of open and disturbed habitats, derelict land.

Overwinters as a pupa, adults are attracted to light.

Note Foxglove Pug is larger and in that species the central black band is interrupted part way along by a tawny streak whereas in Toadflax it is uniformly black. Also, the outer margin of the black band is straight where it meets the costa but is angled in Foxglove.

Recorded in 59 (42%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1867.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
30/08/2019139SJ90 - Fordhouses/Wolverhampton
26/08/2019137SO85 - Worcester
26/07/2019139SO98 - Dudley/Saltwells Wood
11/07/2019139SJ93 - Downs Banks/Stone
09/07/2019139SO98 - Dudley/Saltwells Wood
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