Noctuidae: Xyleninae

2339 (ABH73.174) Tawny Marbled Minor Oligia latruncula, ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

KR09782

Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Seghill, Northumberland
Seghill, Northumberland
 Photo © Ian Fisher


General Information

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

 

This species often has a tawny or bronzy colouration.

 

Pupates amongst the roots of the food plant.

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

Forewing length: 11-13mm.
Foodplant(s): Cock's-foot (Dactylis glomerata), grasses
Flying: One generation, late May-late July
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Habitat

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

Regional Information

Recorded in 96 (35.6%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in July 2019

Recorded date range (Adult): 09 May to 08 August

Similar Species
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Marbled Minor Oligia strigilis
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Rufous Minor Oligia versicolor
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Rosy Minor Litoligia literosa (=Mesoligia)


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