Golden-rod Pug

Eupithecia virgaureata


Wingspan 21mm. A grey moth with a white tuft of hairs towards the rear of the thorax. There is one dark spot on the fore-wing towards the centre but closer to the leading edge.


A wide range of open habitats are used but not normally associated with woodland. The larvae feed on Golden-rod and Ragworts.

Status and distribution

Local but widely spread throughout Britain, most often in the South-west and Wales. Fairly common in Nottinghamshire and recorded once at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

May to August in two broods.