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Rufous Minor
Oligia versicolor

(Borkhausen, 1792) 2338 / 73.175
Photo © Aidan Smith,  23 June 2023, VC64, Otley, Gen. Det. Male

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Marbled Minor
Oligia strigilis
Tawny Marbled Minor
Oligia latruncula
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Yorkshire Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This species has not previously been included in a Yorkshire list, yet there are odd records going back several years and it definitely occurs over at least some of the County (see O. strigilis (Linnaeus) above).

2012 (CHF): Rufous Minor seems to be fairly common and widespread across most of the county. Records from experienced observers may be acceptable but if in any doubt at all they should be dissected. Richly marked examples with a bright reddish-brown colour are virtually all this species. If in any doubt, record as Marbled Minor agg..

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 126 (63%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1950.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

< Tawny Marbled Minor  |  Middle-barred Minor >
Forewing: 11-12mm
Flight: June - July
Foodplant:   Grasses
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
16/08/2023264SE34 - Harewood
11/08/2023165NZ10 - Richmond
01/08/2023165SE19 - Leyburn / Catterick Garrison
28/07/2023162SE89 - Hole of Horcum
28/07/2023163SE13 - Bradford
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