British Insects: Pug moths (Lepidoptera-Geometridae)


L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Eupithecia haworthiata (Doubleday)

Haworthiaria Morris.

Haworth’s Pug.

Adults. Posterior tibiae of males 4-spurred. Wingspan 16–18 mm. Forewings not noticeably elongate; the outer margin convexly curved; the costa slightly arched; apically blunt.

Forewings pale grey, somewhat whitish mixed, usually with a dark geniculate median line, the postmedian fascia curved, with curved (not angulated) darker grey striae, and usually a prominent pale subterminal line, the fringe inconspicuously chequered. Forewings without a discal mark. Forewing fringes somewhat chequered.

Hindwings coloured like the forewings; patterned similarly to the forewings; fairly conspicuously patterned; faintly transversely striated; without a clear discal mark; without a pale tornal spot; the fringes not conspicuously chequered.

The abdomen suffused pale reddish towards the base; plain; neither ringed nor banded nor white-based; laterally neither black-streaked nor black-spotted.

Genitalia. The male abdominal plate in the form of two separate sclerotized components. The bursa copulatrix with ornamentation conspicuously restricted in distribution (longitudinally banded); conspicuously spiny to only inconspicuously spiny (the spines small).

Early stages, ecology. Botanically specialised. Foodplants a vine; Ranunculaceae. The larvae found on Clematis vitalba and garden Clematis; feeding on in flower buds.

Months of appearance, distribution. Adults abroad June and July; larvae found August and September. South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Wales, and Ireland.

Special key characters. Forewings not reddish-tinged. Hindwings not predominantly green, yellow, or black; pale grey.

General comments. Becoming scarce?.

Illustrations. • E. haworthiata (Haworth’s Pug), with larva: Barrett. • E. intricata arceuthata, E. intricata millieraria, E. plumbeolata, E. satyrata and E. haworthiata, with larvae: Barrett. • E. haworthiata (Haworth’s Pug), with similar Pugs: South. • E. haworthiata (Haworth’s Pug), with other Pugs: Swain. • E. haworthiata (Haworth’s Pug), with other Pugs. • E. haworthiata (Haworth’s Pug), with other Pugs: Newman.

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Cite this publication as: ‘Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M.J. 2003 onwards. British insects: Pug moths (Lepidoptera-Geometridae). Version: 29th December 2011.’.