Lime-speck pug

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Lime-speck pug
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Geometridae
Genus: Eupithecia
Species: E. centaureata
Binomial name
Eupithecia centaureata
(Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)[1]
  • Geometra centaureata Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775
  • Phaleana signata Scopoli, 1763
  • Geometra oblonga Thunberg, 1784
  • Eupithecia oblongata
  • Phaleana boloniensis Fourcroy, 1785
  • Eupithecia oblongata var. centralisata Staudinger, 1892
  • Eupithecia oblongata f. obscura Dietze, 1910
  • Eupithecia centaureata dsharkendi Vojnits, 1977
  • Eupithecia chinae Vojnits, 1977
  • Eupithecia dagestani Vojnits, 1977

The lime-speck pug (Eupithecia centaureata) is a moth of the family Geometridae. It is a common species throughout the Palearctic region (where it is found in Europe, Central Asia, Mongolia, southern Siberia, eastern China (Guangdong) and Taiwan[2]), the Near East and North Africa.


This is a distinctive species, all the wings being largely white except for a black blotch on the costa of the forewing. The wingspan is 20–24 mm. Often two broods are produced each year and the adults can be seen at any time during the summer and autumn. The species flies at night and is attracted to light and nectar-rich flowers.

The larva is rather variable but is usually green or yellow, often with red markings. It feeds on the flowers of a variety of plants (see list below). The species overwinters as a pupa.


Larval food plants[edit]


  1. ^ Taxapad
  2. ^ Mironov, V.G. & A.C. Galsworthy, 2007: The genus Eupithecia (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) in Taiwan: an updated survey. Trans. lepid. Soc. Japan. 58 (3): 341-363.
  • 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)