British Insects: Pug moths (Lepidoptera-Geometridae)

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Eupithecia plumbeolata (Haworth)

Begrandaria Boisduval, plumbeolaria Doubleday.

Lead-coloured Pug.

Adults. Posterior tibiae of males 4-spurred. Wingspan 17–20 mm. Forewings not noticeably elongate; the outer margin convexly curved; the costa more or less straight; apically somewhat pointed.

Forewings dingy; pale grey, sometimes ochreous-tinged, with obscure curved (not angled) darker grey striae, fasciae obscure; subterminal line inconspicuous, the fringe only inconspicuously chequered. Forewings with a dark discal mark to without a discal mark (more or less obsolete). The discal mark dot-like; if present, grey, indistinct. Forewings without a tornal spot. Forewing fringes somewhat chequered.

Hindwings similarly coloured to or paler than the forewings; even less conspicuously patterned than the forewings; rather plain; faintly transversely striated; without a clear discal mark; the fringes not conspicuously chequered.

The abdomen 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 (smooth over the distal third); conspicuously spiny to only inconspicuously spiny (with small spines).

Early stages, ecology. Botanically specialised. Foodplants herbaceous-dicotyledonous; Scrophulariaceae. The larvae found on Melampyrum, Rhinanthus and (in captivity) Euphrasia and Odontites; feeding on flowers, seed capsules, and seeds.

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

Special key characters. Hindwings pale grey, or pale ochreous and pale grey.

Illustrations. • E. plumbeolata (Lead-coloured Pug), with larva: Barrett. • E. intricata arceuthata, E. intricata millieraria, E. plumbeolata, E. satyrata and E. haworthiata, with larvae: Barrett. • E. plumbeolata (Lead-coloured Pug), with similar Pugs: South. • E. plumbeolata (Lead-coloured Pug), with other Pugs: Swain.


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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. http://delta-intkey.com’.

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