Noctuidae: Xyleninae

2338 (ABH73.175) Rufous Minor Oligia versicolor, (Borkhausen, 1792)

KR09781

 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Rufous Minor
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
 pre-2000
 2000-2009
 2010-2019
 2020-onwards
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths


General Information

One of three species (Marbled Minor, Rufous Minor and Tawny Marbled Minor), which can only be reliably separated by genital dissection. This is the rarest of the three.

 

Pupates amongst the roots of the foodplant.

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

Forewing length: 11-12mm.
Foodplant(s): grasses
Flying: One generation, June-July
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Local

Habitat

Woodland, heathland, other grassy areas.

Regional Information

Recorded in 57 (21.1%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in July 2019

Recorded date range (Adult): 02 June to 14 August

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

Local
Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Smooth
Colours:
Grey, pink, brown, orange
No. of Proleg Pairs:
5