Noctuidae : Xyleninae
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Red Sword-grass
Xylena vetusta

(Hübner, 1813) 2241 / 73.209
Photo © Allan Rodda,  Wykeham Causeway, Scarborough

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Yorkshire Status: Scarce and local resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: There are few recent sites for this species but in at least two of these it has been re-recorded and it appears well established. It has also been found at Low Coniscliffe, near Darlington, just over the Tees from east VC65 (Dunn & Parrack, 1986).

2012 (CHF): This species seems to have been present at a low density across Yorkshire since Porritt's time. Numbers have certainly increased recently and this has been most marked since 2000. We now get 20-30 records each year, mostly from the west and the north of the county. It is rarer in the lowland and this is reflected nationally. It emerges in October/November, hibernates, and reappears in the spring.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 97 (49%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1846.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 24-29mm
Flight: September - November and March - April (hibernates)
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants and low woody plants
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common / Immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
20/03/2023165SE37 - Ripon
30/10/2022164SD67 - Ingleton
21/10/2022165SE37 - Ripon
19/10/2022165SE37 - Ripon
18/10/2022165SE37 - Ripon
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