Grey pug

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Grey pug
Eupithecia subfuscata.jpg
Grey Pug.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Geometridae
Genus: Eupithecia
E. subfuscata
Binomial name
Eupithecia subfuscata
(Haworth, 1809)[1]
  • Eupithecia blancheata Cooke, 1881
  • Eupithecia castigaria Boisduval, 1840
  • Geometra castigata Hubner, 1813
  • Eupithecia castigata
  • Eupithecia compressata Guenée, 1858
  • Eupithecia implicata Walker, 1862
  • Tephroclystia latipennis Hulst, 1898
  • Eupithecia latipennis
  • Eupithecia ichinosawana Matsumura, 1925
  • Eupithecia latimarginata Matsumura, 1925

The grey pug (Eupithecia subfuscata) is a moth of the family Geometridae. It is found throughout the Palearctic region and the Near East. It is also found in North America.

The forewings of this species are grey (ccasionally with an ochreous tinge) marked with pale fascia and radial lines which give it a mottled appearance. There is a pale sub-marginal line and a small discal spot. The hindwings are much paler and plainer also with a small black discal spot.[2] Melanism is quite common in this species. The wingspan is 17–21 mm.

The adults fly in May and June with a second brood sometimes emerging in August. The species flies at night and is attracted to light.

The larva feeds on the leaves and flowers of a wide range of plants (see list below). The species overwinters as a pupa.


  • Eupithecia subfuscata subfuscata
  • Eupithecia subfuscata ussuriensis Dietze 1910 (Russian Far East, Japan)

Larval food plants[edit]


  1. ^ Yu, Dicky Sick Ki (1997–2012). "Eupithecia subfuscata (Haworth 1809)". Home of Ichneumonoidea. Taxapad. Archived from the original on 24 March 2016.
  2. ^ Eupithecia subfuscata full description Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M.J. 2003 onwards. British insects: the genera of Lepidoptera-Geometridae. Version: 29 December 2011
  • Chinery, Michael Collins Guide to the Insects of Britain and Western Europe 1986 (Reprinted 1991)
  • Skinner, Bernard Colour Identification Guide to Moths of the British Isles 1984

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