Noctuidae: Xyleninae

2342 (ABH73.171) Rosy Minor Litoligia literosa (=Mesoligia), (Haworth, 1809)

KR09787

 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Rosy Minor
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
 Photo © Barry Dickerson


General Information

This species is generally greyer than similar species, usually with a rosy or purplish tint.

 

Pupates in loose soil or in leaf litter.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a larva.
Both sexes come to light.

Forewing length: 10-13mm.
Foodplant(s): Lyme-grass (Elymus arenarius), Marram (Ammophila arenaria), Cock's-foot (Dactylis glomerata), grasses, cereal crops
Flying: One generation, mid July-late August
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Habitat

Fens, grassland, open woodland, scrub, heathland, coastal areas and gardens.

Regional Information

Recorded in 32 (11.9%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in August 2016

Recorded date range (Adult): 01 June to 26 August

Similar Species
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Marbled Minor Oligia strigilis
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Tawny Marbled Minor Oligia latruncula


Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Wrinkled
Colours:
Yellow, brown, pink, black
No. of Proleg Pairs:
5