Tony James

Tony James

Posted on 03/28/2016


Photo taken on March 28, 2016


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1853 Eupithecia dodoneata (Oak-tree Pug)

1853 Eupithecia dodoneata (Oak-tree Pug)
Geometridae, Larentiinae - Wingspan: 16-22mm.

A common species in central and southern areas of the UK, and throughout Cornwall, this smaller Pug can be easily confused with the Brindled Pug, particularly when a bit faded. Generally, the wing patterns are more contrasting, with a paler background and darker markings. Although the black triangular spots along the outer band are present, these are usually much smaller, and accentuated at the lower part of the fore-wing with black dashes along the veins. Although sometimes difficult to discern, the abdomen tends to be a more orange colour, as sometimes are the fore-wing front and rear edges.

The flight season in the UK is April to early June, although in Cornwall, individuals may be found occasionally in March and July.

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