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Red Sword-grass
Xylena vetusta (Hübner, 1813)
Noctuidae: Xyleninae
2241 / 73.209
Photo © Oliver Wadsworth,  Monkwood VC37. 30/03/2009

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Sword-grass
Xylena exsoleta
Flame
Axylia putris
Forewing: 24-29mm
Flight: September - November and March - April (hibernates)
Foodplant:   Herbaceous and woody plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB status: Common / Immigrant
Former Status: Local and suspected immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3

An uncommon resident.

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 45 (32%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1853.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
27/03/2022140SO58 - Corve Dale/Brown Clee Hill
26/03/2022136SO52 - Hoarwithy & Llangarron
21/03/2022139SJ94 - Consall/Parkhall
2022+36SO34 - Moccas & Eardisley
19/10/2021140SO49 - Church Stretton
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