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73.175 ~ 2338 ~ Rufous Minor ~ Oligia versicolor
UK Status

Resident. Local S,C,(N).

Montgomeryshire Status

A locally common species found throughout the county.

Wingspan :  M & F, 23-28mm.

Confusion species

Tawny Marbled Minor and Marbled Minor.
Flight time (Montgomeryshire)


Grassy places, woodland, heathland and coastal cliffs.


Unknown in the wild, but will accept grasses in captivity.

Lifestage data

Overwinters as a larva. Larva August-Spring, feeding inside the stem. Pupates in a fragile cocoon amongst the roots of the foodplant.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MDH, 24th June 2009, Llanfyllin

Photo by PRW, 9th June 2010, Commins Coch

Photo by MDH, 6th July 2010, Llanfyllin
This moth is unlike the two pics (left). It has nothing 'rufous' about it. However, it was confirmed by gen. det. and illustrates why these minors are best aggregated!

Photo by PRW, 29th May 2011, Commins Coch