Noctuidae: Xyleninae

2341 (ABH73.172) Cloaked Minor Mesoligia furuncula, ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

KR09786

Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
 pre-2000
 2000-2009
 2010-2019
 2020-onwards
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Hemingford Grey
Hemingford Grey
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths


General Information

This is a very variable species with a wide range of colour forms and patterns.

 

Pupates in a chamber at the base of the food plant.

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

Forewing length: 10-12mm.
Foodplant(s): Sheep's-fescue (Festuca ovina), Tufted Hair-grass (Deschampsia cespitosa), False Oat-grass (Arrhenatherum elatius), grasses
Flying: One generation, late July-early September
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Habitat

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

Regional Information

Recorded in 106 (39.3%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in August 2019

Recorded date range (Adult): 05 June to 13 September

Similar Species
f. pallida, Great Staughton
f. pallida, Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Middle-barred Minor Oligia fasciuncula
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Small Dotted Buff Photedes minima
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Small Wainscot Denticucullus pygmina (=Chortodes)


Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Glossy
Colours:
Pink, yellow, brown
No. of Proleg Pairs:
5