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73.174 (BF2339)

Tawny Marbled Minor   

Oligia latruncula
Adult: 4
Resident. Scarce.


Only separable from Marbled Minor and Rufous 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.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a larva, during August to April, feeding inside a stem of grass, pupating in the roots.

Larval foodplants



A wide variety of grasslands, including gardens and woodland rides.


The first record was when Sir Arthur Duncan found it at Closeburn (VC72) on 22nd July 1970 and determined by E. C. Pelham-Clinton, specimen in National Museums Scotland.

During 1975-91 all Rothamsted stations apart from Caerlaverock, recorded just under twenty records.

From 1995 to 2010 confirmed records have been found at Torrs Warren, Glentrool, Abbey Burn Foot and Durisdeer.

39 record(s) from 20 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2016 2020 2018

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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