Noctuidae: Xyleninae

2337 (ABH73.173) Marbled Minor Oligia strigilis, (Linnaeus, 1758)

KR09780

 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Marbled Minor
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Seghill, Northumberland
Seghill, Northumberland
 Photo © Ian Fisher
Hemingford Grey
Hemingford Grey
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths


General Information

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

 

Pupates amongst the roots of the foodplant.

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

Forewing length: 11-13mm.
Foodplant(s): Cock's-foot (Dactylis glomerata), Common Couch (Elytrigia repens), Reed Canary-grass (Phalaris arundinacea), grasses
Flying: One generation, late May-July
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Habitat

Grassland, fens, woodland, heathland, scrub and gardens.

Regional Information

Recorded in 93 (34.4%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in July 2019

Recorded date range (Adult): 07 May to 20 August

Similar Species
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Minor Shoulder-knot Brachylomia viminalis
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Rufous Minor Oligia versicolor
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Tawny Marbled Minor Oligia latruncula
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Rosy Minor Litoligia literosa (=Mesoligia)


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