Noctuidae : Xyleninae
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Red Sword-grass
Xylena vetusta

(Hübner, 1813) 2241 / 73.209

An uncommon resident in the north and west.

A species of moorland and upland areas but as a migrant can be found away from those habitats.

Overwinters as an adult feeding on Ivy blossom and ripe blackberries in the autumn and Sallow catkins in the spring. Comes to light.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 41 (29%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1853.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 24-29mm
Flight: September - November and March - April (hibernates)
Foodplant:   Herbaceous and woody plants
Nat Status: Local and suspected immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
14/04/20191VC36 - HerefordshireSO51
19/03/20191VC37 - WorcestershireSO73
17/02/20191VC39 - StaffordshireSJ82
25/12/20181VC36 - HerefordshireSO34
05/11/20181VC36 - HerefordshireSO32

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