Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Xylena exsoleta
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 4
Species With Barcodes: 1
The wingspan is 58–68 mm. The length of the forewings is 24–29 mm. The moth flies from September to July depending on the location.
The larvae are widely polyphagous, feeding on various deciduous trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants, including Epilobium, Lilium, Iris, Rumex, Euphorbia, Ononis, Allium cepa, Brassica oleracea and Delphinium. The caterpillars of Sword-grass can reach a length of approximately 60 mm. They are green, with black blotches, white lateral lines and orange markings. Like many similar species, they make their metamorphosis underground.
These moths prefer moorlands and woodlands.