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Marbled Minor
Oligia strigilis (Linnaeus, 1758)
Noctuidae: Xyleninae
2337 / 73.173
Photo © Antony Wren,  Lowestoft, Suffolk

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Rufous Minor
Oligia versicolor
Tawny Marbled Minor
Oligia latruncula
Forewing: 11-13mm.
Flight: One generation May-July.
Foodplant:   Grasses.
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4
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 Required

Recorded in 51 (88%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1939.
Last Recorded in 2024.
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Latest 10 Records
15/06/2023126TL86Bury St Edmunds
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