Sirhowy Hill Woodlands

Scientific name: Mesoligia furuncula

Cloaked Minor

July to September. Ireland, southern England, coastal Scotland and Ireland. A small moth of varying shades of brown. Often found on open grassland like chalk downland, sand-dunes, gardens.


The moth varies considerably, from pale cream to dark brown with diverse markings, often with a central cross bar.  It can be confused with the Rosy Minor, Middle-barred Minor and Least Minor, but the Cloaked Minor is generally more slender with narrower forewing. Males fly close to the ground late in the day. More frequently seen after dark.


The adult males can be seen flying low over the ground around sunset. They are attracted to light. The caterpillars can be found from August to early the following June feeding inside the stems of the foodplant.

What does the Cloaked Minor eat?

The Cloaked Minor eats grasses such as Sheep’s-fescue (Festuca ovina), Tufted Hair-grass (Deschampsia cespitosa) and False Oat-grass (Arrhenatherum elatus).

What habitat does the Cloaked Minor live in?

The Cloaked Minor moth is usually found in open, well-drained grassland, especially coastal sand-dunes, cliffs and chalk downland.

How can I help?

Black Garden Ants can be serious pests, particularly when they invade houses, but mostly they will live side-by-side with humans without cause for concern.

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Scientific Name

Mesoligia furuncula


England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland


Medium Sized

Wingspan Range: 20-24mm


Common throughout southern Britain

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