Noctuidae : Xyleninae
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Photo © Patrick Clement,  Female, Black Meadow, Chaddesley Wood. 6th July 2016.

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Marbled Minor
Oligia strigilis
Tawny Marbled Minor
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Rufous Minor
Oligia versicolor

(Borkhausen, 1792) 2338 / 73.175

A fairly species across the region; the least common of the three species.

Found in a wide variety of grassy habitats including gardens.

Overwinters as a larva and adults come readily to light.

Note Melanic individuals are common, especially in urban areas. If the melanic moth shows a orangey or wine-red central shade that is a pointer to it possibly being a Rufous Minor. However dissection will be needed to confirm.

Verification Grade Comment: Genitalia determination essential

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 89 (64%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1940.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 11-12mm
Flight: June - July
Foodplant:   Unknown
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
21/07/20221VC40 - ShropshireSO48
12/07/20221VC40 - ShropshireSO57
11/07/20221VC40 - ShropshireSJ51
11/07/20221VC40 - ShropshireSO79
09/07/20221VC36 - HerefordshireSO54

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