Noctuidae: Hadeninae

09786 Cloaked Minor Mesoligia furuncula, ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

BF2341 (ABH73.172)


General Information

This is a very variable species with a wide range of colour forms and patterns.


Pupates in a chamber at the base of the food plant.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a larva.
Both sexes come to light.

Forewing length: 10-12mm.
Foodplant(s): Sheep's-fescue (Festuca ovina), Tufted Hair-grass (Deschampsia cespitosa), False Oat-grass (Arrhenatherum elatius), grasses
Flying: One generation, late July-early September
UK Presence: Resident
National status:


Fens, grassland, open woodland, scrub, heathland and gardens.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Bulgaria.

Similar Species
Middle-barred Minor Oligia fasciuncula
Small Dotted Buff Photedes minima
Small Wainscot Denticucullus pygmina (=Chortodes)

Larva Type:
Pink, yellow, brown
No. of Proleg Pairs: