Middle-barred Minor - Oligia fasciuncula

Description

Wingspan 22-26 mm. Quite variable in ground colour but usually generally more rufous or sandy-coloured than the other 'Minors', with a white mark on the rear edge of the forewing where the postmedian line ends.

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Habitat

Occupying marshes, river banks, damp flower meadows and damp woodland.

When to see it

It flies in June and July, when it visits sugar and light.

Life History

The larvae, like other Oligia species, feed on different types of grass.

UK Status

A common species over most of Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

Reference
73.176 BF2340

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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Species profile

Common names
Middle-barred Minor
Species group:
Moths
Kingdom:
Animalia
Order:
Lepidoptera
Family:
Noctuidae
Records on NatureSpot:
400
First record:
16/06/2002 (Nicholls, David)
Last record:
07/07/2023 (Braker, Michael)

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