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Photo © Patrick Clement,  Female to light, Kinver Edge, Staffordshire. 2.6.23

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Marbled Minor
Oligia strigilis

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2337 / 73.173

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 no other colours ie. wholly mottled black, then that is a pointer to it being a Marbled Minor. However dissection will be needed to confirm.

Verification Grade Comment: Genitalia determination essential

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 111 (79%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1869.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 11-13mm
Flight: May - July
Foodplant:   Grasses
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4
< Cloaked Minor  |  Marbled Minor agg. >
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
02/08/20224VC40 - ShropshireSO48
29/07/20221VC40 - ShropshireSO28
29/07/20222VC40 - ShropshireSJ43
22/07/20221VC40 - ShropshireSO39
22/07/20221VC40 - ShropshireSO39

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