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  Wormwood Pug Eupithecia absinthiata  

B&F: 1830

ABH: 70.179

Status: Resident.

Distribution and Abundance: Fairly common.

Primary Habitat: Woodland.

Flight Period: Single brooded in June and July.

Observations: Over the years I have repeatedly found the caterpillar along with other pug species feeding on ragwort in late summer. Larvae of this species were also plentiful in the flower heads of yarrow at Barford Meadows during the autumn of 2004.

Confusion Species: Currant Pug

L.O.N.: 1907. Many localities. Rather common.

First Record: 1882, Hull & Tomalin.


  Ling Pug Eupithecia goossensiata  

B&F: 1831

ABH: 70.179

Status: Unknown.

Record: 1882 Harlestone Heath and Spratton (W. Hull & H. Tomalin).

Observations: Ling Pug has been down-graded to a sub-species of Wormwood Pug under the recent review by Agassiz et al.

These records appear on a systematic classification of the lepidoptera which have occurred in the vicinity of Northampton. J. Northampt. nat. Hist. Soc. p.334 by Hull, W. & Tomalin, H. F., 1882-84. All attempts in recent years to update the Harlestone Heath record on the small amount of heather remaining on the site have failed.

L.O.N.: Vict. Hist.

First Record: 1882, Hull & Tomalin.