Oak-tree Pug

    Eupithecia dodoneata

    GeometridaeABH 70.157 B&F 1853

    Needs to be distinguished with care from Brindled Pug, which flies very slightly earlier in the year and is much more numerous.  Like that species, its larvae feed on both oak and hawthorn, though it is much commoner on the latter foodplant.  Fairly widespread and common, frequently wandering into gardens, and seems to be more frequently recorded than it used to be.

    Adult Verification Grade: 2

    Oak-tree Pug (Eupithecia dodoneata) photographed in Somerset by Sue Davies