Wormwood Pug - Eupithecia absinthiata
Wingspan 21-23 mm. The Ling Pug (f. goossensiata) was originally thought to be a separate species, but is now considered a heathland race of absinthiata.
Inhabiting open waste ground, gardens and woodland fringes.
The adults fly in June and July and are often attracted to light.
The larval foodplants are a range of low-growing plants, including Ragwort and Yarrow.
This species is widespread and fairly common over much of Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.
Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire & Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)
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