70.179 (1830) Wormwood Pug Eupithecia absinthiata (Clerck, 1759)

Resident. Local.
Flight period

The earliest notification of this species is published in Stephens (1829) with the Rev. William Little recording it at Raehills (VC72) stating it to be rare.
Lennon (1863) stated that it was not very common, but that it had occurred at Glen Mills (VC72). Then, under E. minutata, a synonym, had found it near The Craigs (VC72). Gordon (1919) under E. absinthiata stated that several were taken by J. Garraway near Culgarie farm, Monreith (VC74) without date. Under E. minutata, a synonym, it is stated as scarce, but had been seen at rest on rocks on White Dyke Moor, Corsemalzie (VC74).
It was 1978 before it appeared again, at Gatehouse of Fleet Rothamsted station, with just five records from then to 1980. Other RIS data are nine records from Waterside Mains at Keir in the early 1980s, and sixteen records from Mabie Forest (VC73) during 1985-93.
From 1992 to 2010 there were fifty records from widespread sites across the region.
It was confirmed for VC72 in Riley & Prior (2003).
Ling Pug f. goossensiata (Mabille, 1869)
There are ten records of this heathland and moorland form from suitable sites.
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a pupa. Larvae are present late July to October.
Larval foodplants
Ragworts, Wormwood, Sea Aster, Sea Wormwood, Michaelmas-daisy and Goldenrod to name a few plants of the family Asteraceae, that it likes feeding on the flowers.
Reddish-brown forewing with dark spots on the costa, large prominent dash in centre of forewing and white spots in the trailing corner. Also a black band on the abdomen, should aid identity. Ling Pug is smaller and greyer.
A wide variety of habitats including gardens, woodland, lowland and upland sites, saltmarshes and coastal sites.
Recorders' notes
Care required to separate from other 'pugs.'
© Keith Naylor, Dalbeattie, 31 July 2005

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