Mesoligia literosa

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Rosy minor
Rosy Minor Moths of the British Isles.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae
Genus: Mesoligia
Species: M. literosa
Binomial name
Mesoligia literosa
(Haworth, 1809)

Noctua literosa Haworth, 1809
Noctua erratricula Hübner, 1813
Apamea suffuruncula Treitschke, 1825
Apamea onychina Herrich-Schäffer, 1856
Miana literosa (Haworth, 1809)
Litoligia literosa (Haworth, 1809)
Miana erratricula var. powelli Oberthür, 1918
Miana literosa f. hispanica Heydemann, 1942
Mesoligia literosa minorasia Rezbanyai-Reser, 1998
Mesoligia literosa siciliana Rezbanyai-Reser, 1998
Hadena literosa var. subarcta Staudinger, 1897

Mesoligia literosa, the rosy minor, is a moth of the family Noctuidae. It is found throughout Europe, North Africa and western Asia.[1][2][3][4] and east across the Palearctic to Siberia.

Technical description and variation[edit]

The wingspan is 23–30 mm. Forewing violet grey, with a partial rosy brown flush; the costa, cell, and median area dark fuscous, the costa often remaining pale; inner and outer lines dark, conversely edged with pale, the inner strongly outcurved below middle, closely approximated to the erect lower half of outer line; a black bar from line to line along submedian fold; claviform stigma obsolete, or minute; orbicular grey, with edge only black margined, the margin straight and forming nearly a straight line with the lower half of outer line: submarginal line pale grey, the shade before it redbrown, the terminal area dark grey; hindwing greyish fuscous; in the ab. constricta ab. nov. [Warren] principally confined to the males, the median area between the two lines is narrowed and much darker, especially in the two folds, and the red flush is less developed; — the form subarcta Stgr. from Sicily, Palestine, and W. Siberia, has longer wings and no red tints whatever except the praesubmarginal shade; this form will, I feel sure, be proved distinct; on the other hand the darker grey and fuscous tints may be reduced and the whole forewing suffused with rosy brown, the whole thorax also showing rufous.- ab. subrosea this is a common form in England; – onychina H.-Sch. shows a still further reduction of the dark tints, the whole forewing being creamy grey, the usual darker median area and the shade before submarginal line showing in certain lights pale golden brownish; the hindwing pale grey; this form occurs in Heligoland, Norderney, and other islands, the coloration being assimilated to the sandy coasts.[5]


The moth flies in July and August.

Larva either yellowish with two broad reddish subdorsal lines, or greenish yellow with grey subdorsal and lateral lines; head and thoracic plate black brown. The larva of the coast form, according to Aurivillius, is whitish with the dorsum reddish and small brown head. The larvae overwinter and feed on various grasses, including glaucous sedge and cock's-foot.[6]


  1. ^ Markku Savela. "Mesoligia literosa". Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Christopher Jonko (2011). "Litoligia literosa". Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Bert Gustafsson (9 February 2011). "Mesoligia literosa". Naturhistoriska riksmuseet. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Mike Wall. "2342 Rosy Minor (Mesoligia literosa)". Hants Moths. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Seitz, A. Ed., 1914 Die Großschmetterlinge der Erde, Verlag Alfred Kernen, Stuttgart Band 3: Abt. 1, Die Großschmetterlinge des palaearktischen Faunengebietes, Die palaearktischen eulenartigen Nachtfalter, 1914
  6. ^ "Robinson, G. S., P. R. Ackery, I. J. Kitching, G. W. Beccaloni & L. M. Hernández, 2010. HOSTS – A Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants. Natural History Museum, London." 

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