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Red Sword-grass
Xylena vetusta

(Hübner, 1813) 2241 / 73.209

Davey, P., 2009: A local damp moorland and marshland species in western and northern Britain, and rare in central and eastern England, the larva is polyphagous. In Dorset, this highly distinctive and rather large moth colonises mire, marsh and damp heathland habitat on sandy soils, and is most often observed where bog myrtle (Myrica gale) and purple moor-grass (Molinia caerulea) grow. In also inhabits damp habitat further north and west, notably in the Blackmore Vale and at Powerstock Common,... Read More

Recorded in 26 (65%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1932.
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
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common / Immigrant
Former Status: Local and suspected immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
20/04/201919SY59 Powerstock / Kingcombe
11/04/201919SY79 Puddletown
08/04/201919SY98 Wareham
29/03/201919SY59 Powerstock / Kingcombe
21/03/201919SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown

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