The Red-sword Grass (Xylena vetusta) is a species of moth in the Noctuidae family.
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.
The larvae feed on a range of plants including Yellow Iris and Heaths.
With odd records from southern couties and counties with little suitable habitat, it appears this species does immigrate, both from Britain and the country.