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Photo © Neil Sherman,  Female, gen.det. Purdis Farm, Ipswich. June 2021.

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Rufous Minor
Oligia versicolor
Tawny Marbled Minor
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Marbled Minor
Oligia strigilis

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2337 / 73.173

Morley's Final Catalogue: Taken in Suffolk (Stephens 1829); Suffolk (Wood's Index). Common though the last may be, this species far surpasses them in downright ubiquity.

Recent Suffolk Status: Common.

Life history: Single-brooded.

Identification: Marbled minor, Tawny marbled minor and Rufous minor are all highly variable species in size and patterning. The only reliable way to separate these species is by dissection, which is quite easy in the males.
If no dissection is undertaken moths should only be recorded as Marbled minor aggregate.

Habitat: A wide variety of habitats including gardens.

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 51 (88%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1939.
Last Recorded in 2024.
Additional Stats

< Cloaked Minor | Marbled Minor agg. >

List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
03/06/2024126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
26/05/2024126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
17/05/2024126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
16/06/2023125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
15/06/2023126TL86 - Bury St Edmunds
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Forewing: 11-13mm.
Flight: One generation May-July.
Foodplant:   Grasses
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4
 Immature Adult   [Show Flight Times]
Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2024. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024
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