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The Red-sword Grass (Xylena vetusta) is a species of moth in the Noctuidae family.

DescriptionEdit

This species is very similar to the Sword-grass, but is darker with less distinct kidney and oval marks. This long and thin species looks like a broken stick when resting, and is well camouflaged.

Range and HabitatEdit

This species is local in Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and northern England, and inhabits moors and bogs.

LarvaeEdit

The larvae feed on a range of plants including Yellow Iris and Heaths.

ImmigrationEdit

With odd records from southern couties and counties with little suitable habitat, it appears this species does immigrate, both from Britain and the country.

GalleryEdit

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