Noctuidae: Xyleninae

2241 (ABH73.209) Red Sword-grass Xylena vetusta, (Hübner, [1813])

KR09670

Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Whitelye, Gwent
Whitelye, Gwent
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Whitelye, Gwent
Whitelye, Gwent
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies


General Information

Pupates in loose soil.

Overwinters as Overwinters as an adult.
Both sexes come to light.

Forewing length: 24-29mm.
Foodplant(s): Bog-myrtle (Myrica gale), Heather (Calluna vulgaris), Yellow Iris (Iris pseudacorus), sedges (Carex spp.), rushes (Juncus spp.), broadleaved shrubs
Flying: One generation, September-November and March-late May (hibernates)
UK Presence: Resident, Possible Immigrant
National status: Local

Habitat

Moorland, heathland, damp woodland and marshes.

Regional Information

Recorded in 2 (0.7%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in October 2017

Recorded date range (Adult): 08 October to 08 October

Similar Species
Sword-grass Xylena exsoleta

Local
Adult:

Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Smooth
Colours:
Green, brown, yellow, white, black, red
No. of Proleg Pairs:
5