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Eupithecia absinthiata (Clerck, 1759)

Wormwood Pug
70.1790 (B&F: 1830)

Synonym(s):
Eupithecia minutata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Eupithecia notata Stephens, 1831
Eupithecia goossensiata Mabille, 1869
Eupithecia knautiata Gregson, 1874


»Suborder: Glossata
  »Superfamily: Geometroidea
    »Family: Geometridae
      »Subfamily: Larentiinae
        »Tribe: Eupitheciini

Resident. Adults are often fairly common to common at mv light on the downs, on heaths and in a few woods, while larvae are often more numerous. Widespread but local in high numbers. Single-brooded flying mainly from mid June to late August in most habitats. Larvae feed on ragwort, yarrow, wild golden rod, ornamental golden rod and wormwood in most habitats, the flowers of heather on heath land. (Pratt, 2011).

Eupithecia absinthiata (Clerck, 1759)
Littlehampton, 16 vi 2018
Photo: Colin Knight
Eupithecia absinthiata (Clerck, 1759)
Littlehampton, 16 vi 2018
Photo: Colin Knight
Eupithecia absinthiata (Clerck, 1759)
Flatroper's Wood, 23 ix 2015
Photo: Keith Alexander
Eupithecia absinthiata (Clerck, 1759)
Flatroper's Wood, 23 ix 2015
Photo: Keith Alexander
Eupithecia absinthiata (Clerck, 1759)
Lindfield, 27 vii 2007
Photo: Bob Foreman

Distribution at 1km scale

Phenology (adult)

Phenology (larval)

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