The Moths of Suffolk
2242 Sword-grass, Xylena exsoleta, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Notable Nb

Local Status : Immigrant/vagrant (SMP Status 4)

Habitats : Moorland and rough pasture

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Larval foodplants : Creeping Cinquefoil, Common Restharrow, stonecrops, Groundsel, docks, Hop and Sugar Beet

Records : Single recent record from Reydon (A Cornish, 20.ix.2003)

Comments : Nationally it is resident in Scotland and previously in northern England and Wales

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.

Wingspan details : Forewing 24-29mm, Wingspan 55-66mm


Confusion species
    AdultGolden-rod Brindle, Lithomoia solidaginis
Red Sword-grass, Xylena vetusta

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Scotland (iv.2011) © P.Bryant

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