Irish moths

Golden-rod Pug

Family: Geometridae       Sub-family: Larentiinae

1851     *     Golden-rod Pug     *     Eupithecia virgaureata

Wingspan: 17-23 mm

Flight time: Two generations, April-August
Habitat: Verges, waste ground, farmland, woods

Foodplant of first generation of larvae is unknown. Second generation feeds on flowers of Golden-rod (Solidago virgaurea) and Ragwort.

Similar: Grey Pug

Photographs: Ballingeary, Co. Cork, SW Ireland. August 2010

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