Geometridae: Larentiinae

08509 Lime-speck Pug Eupithecia centaureata, ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

BF1825 (ABH70.173)


General Information

The wings of this species are white with darker markings which mimic a bird dropping.


Pupates in leaf litter or loose soil.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.
Often found at rest during day

Forewing length: 16-20mm.
Foodplant(s): ragworts (Senecio spp.), Mugwort (Artemesia vulgaris), Sea Wormwood (Seriphidium maritima), Burnet-saxifrage (Pimpinella saxifraga), Black Knapweed (Centaurea nigra), Field Scabious (Knautia arvensis), Hemp-agrimony (Eupatorium cannabinum), Yarrow (Achillia millefolium), Wild Angelica (Angelica sylvestris), Traveller's-joy (Clematis vitalba), Goldenrod (Solidago virguarea), plants and shrubs
Flying: Two generations, late April-July and August to October
UK Presence: Resident
National status:


Grassland, downland and waste-ground and gardens.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Bulgaria.

Similar Species
Marbled Pug Eupithecia irriguata

Larva Type:
Green, brown, grey, purple
No. of Proleg Pairs: