Noctuidae : Xyleninae
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Photo © Jack Oughton,  Mapperton, 01/06/2022, female gen det.

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Marbled Minor
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Tawny Marbled Minor
Oligia latruncula

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 2339 / 73.174

Davey, P., 2009: A common lowland species in England and Wales, becoming more local in Scotland, the larva feeding on the lower stems and roots of cock's-foot (Dactylis glomerata) and other grasses. In Dorset, the moth is widespread and frequent, and occupies most habitats apart from heathland. It is common on unimproved grassland, and is frequent in woodland containing open grassy rides.

Of the three closely related 'Minors', this is the most widespread. Diagnostics include: the darkest... Read More

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 7 (18%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1995.
Last Recorded in 2018.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 11-13mm
Flight: May - July (Aug)
Foodplant:   Grasses
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4
< Marbled Minor agg.  |  Rufous Minor >
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
09/06/2018+9ST50 Halstock
02/06/201829SY98 Wareham
01/06/201819SY98 Wareham
24/06/2017+9SY89 Bere Regis
03/07/201419SU00 Wimborne

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