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Wormwood Pug
Eupithecia absinthiata

(Clerck, 1759) 1830 / 70.179
Photo © Terry Box, 24 Jun 2017,  SE4672Pilmoor, VC62

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Yorkshire Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded sparsely from all five vice-counties. Most records come from VC63, where it is common in the south and VC64, although it is also said to be common at Wass (VC62) (AMRH pers. comm.). It is probably much more generally common but, as with most pugs, under-recorded.

2012 (CHF): Well-distributed across the whole county. Sometimes confused with Currant Pug which is smaller but can have very similar markings. Most years we receive reports of smaller greyer specimens from upland areas submitted as Ling Pug. This was considered by many to be a separate species (B&F 1831) but the consensus of opinion is that this is an upland form of Wormwood Pug (see Riley and Prior). The genitalia are indistinguishable.

Recorded in 148 (74%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1857.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 11-13mm
Flight: May - September
Foodplant:   Mugwort, Yarrow, Wormwood, Golden-rod and other herbaceous plants
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
14/09/2023163SE71 - Crowle
23/08/2023163SD93 - Wycoller
21/08/2023162NZ41 - Stockton-on-Tees
20/08/2023163SE04 - Keighley / Silsden
19/08/2023164SE54 - York (S/W)
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