Noctuidae: Hadeninae

09671 Sword-grass Xylena exsoleta, (Linnaeus, 1758)

BF2242 (ABH73.208)


General Information

Pupates in leaf litter.

Overwinters as Overwinters as an adult.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.

Forewing length: 24-29mm.
Foodplant(s): thistles (Carduus spp.), Creeping Cinquefoil (Potentilla reptans), Common Restharrow (Ononis repens), stonecrops (Sedum spp.), groundsels (Senecio spp.), docks (Rumex spp.), Common Hop (Humulus lupulus), Sugar-beet (Beta vulgaris), broadleaved shrubs
Flying: One generation, September-October and March-May (hibernates)
UK Presence: Resident, Possible Immigrant
National status:


Moorland, pasture and open woodland.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Bulgaria.

Similar Species
Golden-rod Brindle Xylena solidaginis (=Lithomoia)
Red Sword-grass Xylena vetusta

Larva Type:
Green, yellow, white, black, orange
No. of Proleg Pairs: