Drab Looper

  • Drab Looper
    Drab Looper

Scientific name: Minoa murinata

Flies by day in sunshine

Found from late April to early July, with a possible partial second generation occurring in some years from mid July to early September. Can sometimes be found in large numbers. Occasionally recorded at light traps.


Size and Family

  • Family – Carpets and Allies (Larentiines)
  • Small Sized 
  • Wing Span Range (male to female) - 18-23mm

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Priority Species
  • Nationally Scarce

Caterpillar Description

Overwinters as a pupa. The larva feeds from late June to early September, preferring the flowers and floral leaves

Particular Caterpillar Food Plants

Wood Spurge (Euphorbia amygdaloides)


  • Countries – England and Wales
  • Very local in Kent, also parts of southern England, southern West Midlands and the Welsh borders. In Wales occurs only in Monmouthshire.
  • Distribution Trend Since 1970’s = Britain: Declining


Woodland rides, clearings and coppice.