Geometridae: Larentiinae

08596 Dwarf Pug Eupithecia tantillaria, Boisduval, 1840

BF1857 (ABH70.162)


General Information

Despite its vernacular name, this species is not the smallest UK Pug.


Pupates in loose soil.

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

Forewing length: 9-11mm.
Foodplant(s): Norway Spruce (Picea abies), Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis), Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)
Flying: One generation, May-June
UK Presence: Resident
National status:


Conifer plantations.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Bulgaria.

Similar Species
nr. Borovets, Rila Mtns. 11th July 2016. MV trap.
nr. Borovets, Rila Mtns. 11th July 2016. MV trap.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Cloaked Pug Eupithecia abietaria
Oak-tree Pug Eupithecia dodoneata

Larva Type:
Red, brown, purple
No. of Proleg Pairs: