Lepidoptera Outer Hebrides

Family: Geometridae   Checklist Number: 70.161

Eupithecia virgaureata   Doubleday, 1861

Golden-rod Pug

Uncommon and first recorded on the Outer Hebrides in 2009. Uses a wide range of habitats and as a bivoltine species it is found from May to June and also in August. Larvae from the second generation feed on Common Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea) and golden-rod (Solidago virgaurea)