Marbled Minor agg. - Oligia strigilis agg.

    Description

    Wingspan 22-25 mm. One of a complex of three species, which can only be reliably separated by dissection of the genitalia. The other two species are Tawny Marbled Minor (O. latruncula) and Rufous Minor (O. versicolor). The identification of this group is further complicated by the relative frequency of melanic specimens.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Grassland, fens, woodland, heathland, scrub and gardens.

    When to see it

    Flying from May to July.

    Life History

    The larvae feed in the roots and stems of a number of grasses.

    UK Status

    Common and widespread, occurring throughout most of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    As an aggregate group the Minor species are common in Leicestershire and Rutland but there are not many confirmed records. L&R Moth Group status = A (G) (common and resident, but genitalia examination needed for secure identification)

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map