Geometridae: Larentiinae

08537 Grey Pug Eupithecia subfuscata, (Haworth, 1809)

BF1837 (ABH70.190)


General Information

The typical form of this species is brownish, but the dark grey ab.obscurissima is also quite common, especially in urban areas.


Pupates in a crevice, in leaf litter or in loose soil.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.
Both sexes come to light.

Forewing length: 10-12mm.
Foodplant(s): Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), hawthorns (Crataegus spp.), Barberry (Berberis vulgaris), sallows (Salix spp.), Aspen (Populus tremula), ragworts (Senecio spp.), knapweeds (Centaurea spp.), Yarrow (Achillia millefolium), Burnet-saxifrage (Pimpinella saxifraga), Betony (Stachys officinalis), broadleaved trees, herbaceous plants
Flying: One generation, May-June
UK Presence: Resident
National status:


Gradens, hedgerows, scrub, heathland and woodland.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Bulgaria.

Similar Species
Pauper Pug / Fletcher's Pug Eupithecia egenaria
nr. Borovets, Rila Mtns. 11th July 2016. MV trap.
nr. Borovets, Rila Mtns. 11th July 2016. MV trap.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Tawny Speckled Pug Eupithecia icterata
Shaded Pug Eupithecia subumbrata
Yarrow Pug Eupithecia millefoliata

Larva Type:
Brown, grey, white
No. of Proleg Pairs: