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70.179 (BF1830)

Wormwood Pug   

Eupithecia absinthiata
Adult: 2
Resident, common, widespread. Widespread and often numerous across many habitats in Britain maybe under-recorded in some upland areas. Its distribution shows a significant long-term increase.


Care required to separate from other ‘pugs.’ 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.

Recording method

Comes to light.

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.


A wide variety of habitats including gardens, woodland, lowland and upland sites, saltmarshes and coastal sites.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1820 for VC72 at Raehills by Little who said it was ‘rare’, in 1862 for VC73 at Glen Mills by Lennon who said it was ‘not very common’ and in 1890 for VC74 near Monreith by Garroway.

203 record(s) from 50 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2020 2022 2022

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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