British Insects: Pug moths (Lepidoptera-Geometridae)

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Eupithecia subumbrata (Denis & Schiffermüller)

Eucymatoge subumbrata Guenée, Eucymatoge scabiosata Borkhausen, E. piperata Stephens, E. subumbraria Boisduval, E. piperaria Doubleday.

Shaded Pug.

Adults. Posterior tibiae of males 4-spurred. Wingspan 19–22 mm. Forewings distinctly elongate; the outer margin convexly curved; the costa more or less straight; apically blunt to somewhat pointed.

Forewings relatively conspicuously patterned; pale grey to whitish, with rather straight fuscous striae angled to the costa, where they and the edges of the geniculate postmedian fascia broaden to form dark costal marks; with a conspicuous dark marginal band which is broken towards the apex by a white streak extending from the angle of the postmedian fascia to the obscurely whitish subterminal line. Forewings without a discal mark (or minute and only ambiguously present). Forewings without a tornal spot. Forewing fringes somewhat chequered.

The termen of the hindwings slightly concave to convexly rounded; apex somewhat pointed to smoothly rounded into the costa; hindwings paler than the forewings at least towards the base, grey-striated dorsally with a dark grey terminal fascia; hindwings less conspicuously patterned than the forewings; hindwings conspicuously patterned; hindwings conspicuously transversely striated (at least postmedianly and dorsally); hindwings with a clear discal mark (this dark grey, minute); fringes conspicuously chequered to not conspicuously chequered.

The abdomen crested throughout.

Neuration. Vein 10 of the forewings arising independently, anastomosing with 11 and 9 to form a double areole.

Genitalia. The male abdominal plate in the form of a single sclerotized patch with retuse apex. The bursa copulatrix with ornamentation conspicuously restricted in distribution (concentrated over the distal half); conspicuously spiny.

Early stages, ecology. Botanically polyphagous. Foodplants herbaceous-dicotyledonous; Compositae (Asteraceae), Dipsacaceae, Gentianaceae, Labiatae (Lamiaceae), and Umbelliferae (Apiaceae) (etc.?). The larvae found on Leontodon, Crepis, Scabiosa, Knautia, Centaurea, Prunella, Origanum, Gentiana, Pimpinella, “etc.”; feeding on flowers.

Months of appearance, distribution. Adults abroad May, June, and July; larvae found July, August, and September. South-east England, Central-southern England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland (but commonest in southeastern England south of a line from the Severn estuary to The Wash, and locally common in Ireland).

Special key characters. Forewings exhibiting a conspicuous broad median fascia from costa to dorsum to without a conspicuous broad median fascia from costa to dorsum. Hindwings whitish, or pale grey.

Illustrations. • E. subumbrata (Shaded Pug), with larva: Barrett. • E. subumbrata, E. irriguata, E. indigata and E. pusillata, with larvae: Barrett. • E. subumbrata (Shaded Pug), with similar pugs: South. • E. subumbrata (Shaded 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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