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70.173 (BF1825)

Lime-speck Pug   

Eupithecia centaureata
Adult: 1
Resident, scarce, local - restricted to coastal sites. Widespread in southern Britain except in upland areas but primarily coastal in Scotland and Wales. It has considerably increased its distribution since 1970.


Very distinctive.

Recording method

Often seen by day on vertical surfaces such as walls or sheds, comes to light.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a pupa. Larvae are present June to October.

Larval foodplants

A wide variety of low growing plants where it feeds on the flowers.


A variety of open inland sites; coastal saltmarshes as well.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1870 for VC73 in Colvend parish by White, in 1899 for VC74 at Kirkmaiden Shore by Gordon where it was ‘rather common’ and in 1975 for VC72 at the Caerlaverock Rothamsted light trap.

120 record(s) from 24 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2022 2021 2022

 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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