Epping Pug Eupithecia massiliata
Epping Pug Eupithecia massiliata
Adult • Epping Forest, Essex • © Tim Green

70.1561 BF1852a

Epping Pug Eupithecia massiliata

Millière 1865

Wingspan c. 18-19mm.

Two individuals of this European and North African species were found by Tim Green in Epping Forest in Essex, in April 2002, and were subsequently identified by genitalia dissection.

Although it is possible that these were genuine vagrants, it is suspected that they may have been accidentally imported, possibly from Portugal, as pupae in cork.

Abroad, the larvae feed on the flowers and leaves of oak (Quercus), including holm oak (Q. ilex) and cork oak (Q. suber).

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