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70.165 [B&F: 1845] Pimpinel Pug (Eupithecia pimpinellata) (Hübner, [1813])

 

Local on calcareous grassland, downland, quarries, roadside verges and woodland rides throughout much of England. In Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight the moth is seldom seen, but larvae are often common on the foodplant on the downs, though they are usually very heavily parasitised. Wingspan 20-23 mm. Could be overlooked as Freyer's Pug E. intricata, which also has a dark band at the base of the abdomen, but Pimpinel Pug has larger discal spot and is distinctly grey along the costa. May be overlooked at light, and more reliably recorded in the larval stage, when larvae are relatively easy to find where they are present. Larva feeds on seed capsules of Burnet-saxifrage, over-wintering as a pupa.

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Phenology - Larval Records

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Distribution Map

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Record Density

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Detail records

SiteDateQuantityRecorderStage
VC10 Isle of Wight
Brading Down (SZ58)1800-Anon-
Brading Down (SZ58)1856-IWNHSAdult
Bembridge (SZ68)1856-IWNHSAdult
Culver Cliff (SZ68)1856-IWNHSAdult
Sandown (SZ58)1893-Prout, LBLarval
Freshwater (SZ38)01-Jul-1946oneBlair, Dr K.G.Adult
Culverthorpe (SZ58)26-Jul-1980-Holland, NAdult
Freshwater (SZ38)2001-Wooldridge, DAdult
VC11 South Hampshire
Portsdown (SU60)1800-Langmaid, JRLarval
Teg Down, Winchester (SU42)1800-Sterling, DHLarval
Droxford (SU61)1900-Langmaid, JRLarval
Portsdown (SU60)21-Aug-1970threeDickson, RJAdult
Oxenbourne Down (SU71)25-Jul-1973oneDickson, RJAdult
Teg Down, Winchester (SU43)1975-Sterling, DH-
Oxenbourne Down (SU71)02-Aug-1975-Langmaid, JR; Dickson, RJAdult
Winchester (SU43)08-Sep-1978-Sterling, DHAdult
Winchester (SU43)08-Sep-1978-Sterling, DHAdult
Winchester (SU43)03-Aug-1980-Sterling, DHAdult
Winchester (SU43)03-Aug-1980-Sterling, DHAdult
Winchester (SU43)03-Aug-1980-Sterling, DHAdult
(SU42)1981---
(SU43)1981---
(SU60)1981---
Winchester (SU43)25-Jul-1981-Sterling, DHAdult
Winchester (SU43)25-Jul-1981-Sterling, DHAdult
Winchester (SU43)25-Jul-1981-Sterling, DHAdult
Compton Down (SU42)07-Aug-1987-Chainey, JAdult
Compton Down, nr Winchester (SU42)07-Aug-1987oneChainey, JAdult
Compton Down, nr Winchester (SU42)07-Aug-1987oneChainey, JEAdult
Compton Down, nr Winchester (SU42)08-Aug-1987oneBorras, WAdult
Portsdown (SU60)10-Jul-1991oneLakin, IAdult
Portsdown (SU60)07-Aug-1992oneLangmaid, JR; Durnell, PR; Roberts, M & GAdult
Sandy Down (SZ39)1999-Budd, PA-
Chandlers Ford (SU42)15-Aug-2008oneElliott, BAdult
Old Winchester Hill NNR (SU62)28-Sep-2015oneWheeler, KLarval
Old Winchester Hill (SU62)08-Aug-2016oneDickson, RJLarval
VC12 North Hampshire
Leckford (SU33)1940-Anon-
(SU53)1951---
(SU53)1951---
(SU52)1951---
(SU33)1951---
Abbotstone Down (SU53)1961-Anon-
Winchester (SU53)1974oneRISAdult
Leckford (SU33)1979-Anon-
Leckford (SU33)1980-Sterling, DH-
Cholderton (SU24)1980-Edmunds, HLarval
Leckford (SU33)28-Sep-1980-Sterling, DHLarval
(SU33)1981---
(SU33)1981---
Stockbridge Down (SU33)1982-Anon-
Leckford (SU33)25-Sep-199715Clarke, JHLarval
Leckford (SU33)17-Sep-199820Clarke, JHLarval
Leckford (SU33)17-Sep-1998tenClarke, JHLarval
Porton Down (SU23)03-Jul-2003oneGreen, DG; McGill, JAdult

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