Noctuidae : Xyleninae
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Sword-grass
Xylena exsoleta

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2242 / 73.208

A rare and declining species, last recorded in the region in 2021. Last recorded in Staffordshire in 1976 and in Herefordshire in 1998.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 28 (20%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1857.
Last Recorded in 2021.
(Data up to end 2022)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 24-29mm.
Flight: Sept-April. (hibernates)
Foodplant:   Thistles, Creeping Cinquefoil, Common Restharrow, others
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Nationally Scarce
BAP Status: Priority Species
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
26/06/20215VC40 - ShropshireSO79
05/03/19981VC36 - HerefordshireSO54
15/03/19891VC36 - HerefordshireSO73
22/09/1979+VC40 - ShropshireSJ61
01/09/1979+VC40 - ShropshireSJ61

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