The Moths of Suffolk
2340 Middle-barred Minor, Oligia fasciuncula, (Haworth, 1809)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Fens, grassland, heathland, vegetated shingle, scrub, open woodland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late May to mid-August

Larval foodplants : Grasses

Morley's Final Catalogue : Both (referring also to Cloaked Minor) quite common kinds at flowers, dusk and sugar, throughout the County. The latter was known here before 1829 (Stephens, iii, 15; Wood's Index).

Wingspan details : Forewing 10-12mm, Wingspan 22-26mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultCloaked Minor, Mesoligia furuncula
Least Minor, Photedes captiuncula
Small Dotted Buff, Photedes minima

Compare confusion species
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Eye (5.vi.2001) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Great Cornard (17.vi.2005) © S Read
Eye, Suffolk (8.vi.2006) © Paul Kitchener