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Red Sword-grass
Xylena vetusta (Hübner, 1813)
Noctuidae: Xyleninae
2241 / 73.209
Photo © Paul Kitchener,  Eye, 16 October 2006

Similar Suffolk Species
Xylena exsoleta
Forewing: 24-29mm.
Flight: Sept-Nov and Mar-April (hibernates)
Foodplant:   Herbaceous and woody plants.
Nat Status: (Immigrant)
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3

Morley's Final Catalogue: No rarer than the last; on ivy-blossom and sugar. Copdock, Ipswich; Waldringfield, Leiston; Needham, Stowmarket; Tuddenham (Sparke); Reydon on 14 Nov. 1936 (Baker); Wrentham (Gd), Bungay (Mn) and Barsham on sallow in April 1892 (Mly); Burgh Castle (D), Fritton and Gorleston (Mr).

Recent status: A former resident but now a rare immigrant. Recent records from Landguard on 25.09.1996 (N. Odin), Bawdsey Manor on 08.11.2004 (M.J. Deans) and Eye on 16.10.2006 (P. Kitchener).

Identification: Most likely confusion species is Sword-grass; see that account for differences.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 7 (12%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1892.
Last Recorded in 2006.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
16/10/2006125TM17 - Eye/Hoxne
08/11/2004125TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
25/09/1996125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
31/12/1940+25TM45 - Aldeburgh/Orford
01/01/1940 to 31/12/1960+25TM45 - Aldeburgh/Orford
Further info: Xylena vetusta
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