Red Sword-grass - Xylena vetusta

    Description

    Wingspan 50 to 57 mm. A large species, which rests with the wings furled tightly around the abdomen, tapering to a point.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Damp woodland, mountain moorland and marshy places.

    When to see it

    The flight period is September and October, after which it hibernates, appearing again in March and April.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on a wide range of deciduous trees and shrubs, and low plants.

    UK Status

    It has a predominantly southern and western distribution, but is scattered locally to the north of Scotland.

    In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

    Reference
    73.209 BF2241

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