Noctuidae : Xyleninae
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Photo © Matthew J Deans,  125W MVL, Bawdsey Hall, 28.12.2018

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Red Sword-grass
Xylena vetusta
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Xylena exsoleta

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2242 / 73.208

Morley's Final Catalogue: Somewhat scarce; usually singly. Sudbury; Copdock, Ipswich, Bixley, Waldringfield; Stowmarket, bred at Monks Soham; Bury, Tuddenham, Mildenhall; Worlingham, on sugar on Gorleston cliff.

Recent Suffolk Status: Extinct as a resident in the county. Just two recent records of immigrant moths light-trapped on the coast: Reydon on 20.09.2003 (A. Cornish) and at Bawdsey Hall on the very late date of 28.12.2018 (M.J. Deans).

Life history: Single-brooded. The adults hibernate over the winter.

Identification: A greyer moth than Red Sword-grass Xylena vetusta, lacking many of the red tones in the wings of that species. The clinching feature is the pale straw-coloured foot of hind leg (black in vetusta).

Habitat: A moorland species in the north of the UK. Suffolk records have been coastal.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 4 (7%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1922.
Last Recorded in 2018.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
28/12/2018125TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
20/09/2003+25TM57 - Southwold
1952126TL77 - Mildenhall
05/10/1922125TG50 - Gorleston
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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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