The Moths of Suffolk
2337 Marbled Minor, Oligia strigilis, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Grassland, fens, woodland, heathland, scrub and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; May to July

Larval foodplants : Grasses

Comments : Marbled Minor, Tawny Marbled Minor and Rufous Minor were not distinguished in Morley's time. The differentiation of these three species can only reliably be done by examination of the genitalia.

Morley's Final Catalogue : Taken in Suffolk (Stephens 1829); Suffolk (Wood's Index). Common though the last may be, this species far surpasses them in downright ubiquity.

Wingspan details : Forewing 11-13mm, Wingspan 24-29mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultRufous Minor, Oligia versicolor
Tawny Marbled Minor, Oligia latruncula

Compare confusion species
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Thetford (25.v.2005) © Lee Gregory

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (18.vi.2012) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (2.vi.2014) © Neil Sherman