skip to Main Content

73.175 (BF2338)

Rufous Minor   

Oligia versicolor
Adult: 4
Resident. Scarce.


Only separable from Marbled Minor and Tawny Marbled Minor by examination of the genitalia.

Record undissected specimens as Marbled Minor agg. (Oligia strigilis agg.)

Recording Method.

Attracted to light, also comes to sugar and flowers.

Life cycle

One generation, but a month later than England. Overwinters as a larva during August to spring, pupating among the roots of the foodplant.

Larval foodplants

Grasses, including Cock-s-foot and Wavy Hair-grass.


A wide variety of grassy sites, including coastal cliffs, heathland and woodland, but not urban areas.


The first for the region was when F. W. Smith caught one on 28th June 1943 at Closeburn (E. W. Classey, The Entomologists’ Gazette 1: 51).

Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Closeburn and Tynron.

During 1975-82 there were two records from Caerlaverock, three from Waterside Mains at Keir, and a single from Bridge of Dee Rothamsted stations. Then, from 1985 to 1993, thirty eight records were recorded from the Mabie Forest station.

Confirmed records from 1997 to 2010 occurred at Kirkton and Durisdeer (VC72), Carruchan Moss and Mersehead RSPB (VC73).

100 record(s) from 22 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2011 2022 2022

 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

Back To Top