The Moths of Suffolk
2341 Cloaked Minor, Mesoligia furuncula, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Fens, grassland, open woodland, scrub, heathland and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; ,mid-June to mid-September

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 22-28mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultLeast Minor, Photedes captiuncula
Small Dotted Buff, Photedes minima
Small Wainscot, Chortodes pygmina

Compare confusion species
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Eye (18.vii.2005) © P.Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Bawdsey, Suffolk (19.viii.2009) © Matthew Deans
Ipswich, Suffolk (6.viii.2014) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (21.vii.2015) © Paul Kitchener
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (7.viii.2015) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (19.vii.2016) © Paul Kitchener