The wingspan is 20–24 mm.Eupithecia pimpinellata has elongated wings.The forewing ground colour is ash-grey suffused rufous.The discal spot is large and elongated. Several crosslines, the median with a row of dark spots.
There is one generation per year with adults on wing from the end of June to August.
The larvae mainly feed on Pimpinella saxifraga and Pimpinella major, but also other Apiaceae species. They feed on the flowers and seeds of their host plant. Larvae can be found from July to October. It overwinters as a pupa.
- Eupithecia pimpinellata pimpinellata
- Eupithecia pimpinellata retheli Prout, 1938
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