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Thyme Pug
Eupithecia distinctaria Herrich-Schaffer, 1838
Geometridae: Larentiinae
1843 / 70.172
Photo © Dave Grundy,  attracted to moth lights, Dove Dale, Staffordshire on 05/07/09

Similar West Midlands Species: None
Forewing: 8-10mm
Flight: June - July
Foodplant:   Thyme
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB status: Nationally Scarce
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3

A rare species on the limestone of north-east Staffordshire.

A species of steep slopes, and quarries on limestone where Thyme grows.

Overwinters as a pupa and adults come regularly to light but may be disturbed from the foodplant during the day.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 5 (4%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1930.
Last Recorded in 2011.
(Data up to end 2022)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
21/06/2011336SO22 - Black Mountains
08/06/2010139SK05 - Coombes Valley/Manifold
05/07/2009139SK15 - Dovedale
05/07/2009139SK15 - Dovedale
06/05/1995+40SO78 - Upper Arley
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