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2345 ~ Small Dotted Buff ~ Photedes minima
UK Status

Resident. Common

Montgomeryshire Status

A fairly common species found throughout the county.

Wingspan :  M, 25-30mm. F, 22-24mm.

Confusion species

Cloaked Minor, Middle-barred Minor

Flight time (Montgomeryshire)


Wet grassland, marshes woodland rides and some gardens.


Tufted Hair-grass.

Lifestage data

Overwinters as a larva. Larva August-early June, feeding inside the stem. Pupates in a cocoon underground.
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Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by TY/AY, 7th Aug 2009, Trefeglwys

Photo by MDH, 4th Aug 2010, Llanfyllin