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Marbled Minor
Oligia strigilis
Tawny Marbled Minor
Oligia latruncula
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Rufous Minor
Oligia versicolor

(Borkhausen, 1792) 2338 / 73.175

Morley's Final Catalogue: Not listed.

Recent Suffolk Status: Local. Seemingly the rarest of the 3 species in the county, but possibly under-recorded due to identification difficulties.

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: Woodland, heathland, grasslands.

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 18 (31%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1968.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Female Hollesley 11 June 2020 - Raymond A Watson
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
09/07/2023125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
08/07/2023125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
07/07/2023125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
07/07/2023126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
07/07/2023125TM49 - Somerleyton/Beccles
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Forewing: 11-12mm.
Flight: One generation June-July.
Foodplant:   Unknown
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4
 Immature Adult
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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