Freyer's pug

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Eupithecia intricata
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Geometridae
Genus: Eupithecia
Species: E. intricata
Binomial name
Eupithecia intricata
(Zetterstedt, 1839)[1]
  • Larentia intricata Zetterstedt, 1839
  • Eupithecia helveticaria Boisduval, 1840
  • Larentia arceuthata Freyer, 1841
  • Eupithecia anglicata Milliere, 1870
  • Eupithecia chagnonii Swett, 1911
  • Eupithecia gibsonata Taylor, 1910

Freyer’s pug (Eupithecia intricata) is a moth of the family Geometridae. The species can be found in Europe (including Russia), east to the Urals, the Russian Far East, Kazakhstan and China. It is also found in North America.

Caterpillar of subspecies Eupithecia intricata taylorata

The wingspan is 20–24 mm. The length of the forewings is 12–13 mm.The ground colour is grey or brownish grey. The forewing has numerous crosslines, a short line represents the discal forewing spot.There is a clear spot on the hind wings.

The moths fly in one generation from May to June.

The caterpillars feed on Cupressus and Juniperus species.


There are a number of recognised subspecies:

  • Eupithecia intricata intricata
  • Eupithecia intricata arceuthata (Freyer, 1841)
  • Eupithecia intricata hibernica Mere, 1964 Burren, Ireland
  • Eupithecia intricata millieraria Wnukowsky, 1929
  • Eupithecia intricata taylorata Swett, 1907 (Common name: Taylor's Cedar Looper) U.S.


The common name honours Christian Friedrich Freyer.


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