Xylena vetusta - Lot Moths and Butterflies - species in Las Descargues, the Lot, France
drawing of a moth



Las Descargues, 27 March 2005
Xylena vetusta Adult


© Robin Howard

Xylena vetusta (Hubner, 1808-1813

Red Sword-grass
L'Antique, la Noctuelle ancienne

Wingspan: 48-58mm

A univoltine species on the wing from August until October and again after hibernation in March and April. A visitor to light at Las Descargues and to lights situated in the upland heathland and rough, unmanaged pasture of the Fournanty Plateau.

Larvae are polyphagous.