The Moths of Suffolk
1878 Drab Looper, Mina murinata, (Scopoli, 1763)

National Status : Notable Nb

Local Status : Locally extinct (SMP Status 4)

Habitats : Coppiced woodland, particularly sunny but sheltered areas in ancient woodland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; May to June. Partial second brood in August

Larval foodplants : Wood Spurge

Records : No recent records

Morley's Final Catalogue : Extremely rare, in contrast to west England. A doubtful specimen near Stowmarket about 1858 (C); confirmed by one taken at Needham Market in 1903 by Lingwood (EMM. 1904, p. 80). Never seen, through forty years, here (Mly).

Wingspan details : Forewing 9-11mm, Wingspan 18-23mm


Confusion species : None

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Hampshire (v.2004) © M Deans

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Stubhampton, Dorset (vii.2004) © N Sherman
Hampshire (29.v.2004) © L Gregory