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1851 ~ Golden-rod Pug ~ Eupithecia virgaureata
UK Status

Resident. Local W,(E).

Montgomeryshire Status

A locally common species found throughout the county. Probably more common than the records suggest.

Wingspan :  M & F, 17-20mm.

Confusion species

Grey Pug.

Flight time (Montgomeryshire)


Most habitats.


The foodplant of the first generation is unknown. The second generation feed on ragworts and golden rod.

Lifestage data

Overwinters as a pupa in loose soil. Larva June-July and Sept-Oct.
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Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MDH, 4th Aug 2010, Llanfyllin