Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Golden-rod Pug
Eupithecia virgaureata

Doubleday, 1861 1851 / 70.161
Photo © Samantha Batty,  Austerfield, VC63

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Yorkshire Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Formerly confined to vice-counties 61 and 62, this species has moved west in recent years and is now found as far over as the Harrogate district and middle Wharfedale in VC64.

2012 (CHF): Fairly widespread now across all five vice-counties and possibly under-recorded due to confusion with similar species such as Grey Pug and White-spotted Pug. The second generation in late July/early August has grown in size to outnumber the first generation. Worn specimens and melanics need dissection - the asymmetrical ventral plate is very distinctive.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 107 (54%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1883.
Last Recorded in 2022.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 10-11mm
Flight: May - June, August
Foodplant:   Ragworts and Goldenrod
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
02/10/2022163SE23 - Horsforth / Headingly / Pudsey
07/09/2022164SE24 - Bramhope / Otley
05/09/2022163SE23 - Horsforth / Headingly / Pudsey
28/08/2022163SK69 - New Rossington / Austerfield
26/08/2022161TA02 - Hessle
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