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Marbled Minor
Oligia strigilis
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Tawny Marbled Minor
Oligia latruncula

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 2339 / 73.174

A common species across the region.

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 sub-terminal orange-brown shade that is a pointer to it possibly being a Tawny Marbled Minor. However dissection will be needed to confirm.

Verification Grade Comment: Genitalia determination essential

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 94 (67%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1930.
Last Recorded in 2020.
(Data up to end 2020)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 11-13mm
Flight: May - July (Aug)
Foodplant:   Grasses
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2020)
Date#VC10k Area
16/07/20201VC36 - HerefordshireSO47
16/07/20202VC40 - ShropshireSJ22
16/07/20201VC40 - ShropshireSO58
16/07/20201VC40 - ShropshireSJ51
15/07/20201VC40 - ShropshireSJ51

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