Red-tipped Clearwing

  • Red-tipped Clearwing
    Red-tipped Clearwing
  • Red-tipped Clearwing
    Red-tipped Clearwing
  • Red-tipped Clearwing
    Red-tipped Clearwing
  • Red-tipped Clearwing
    Red-tipped Clearwing

Scientific name: Synanthedon formicaeformis

Late May to early August. A nationally scarce moth with a dense patch of red scales on the tip of the forewing and a singular broad, red band on the abdomen.

This moth can be distinguished from the Large Red-belted and Red-tipped Clearwings by the absence of any red markings on the forewings.

The adults are occasionally seen resting on tree trunks in the early morning. The caterpillars feed inside the trunk of the tree from August to the following May, overwintering as part-grown larvae.

Size and Family

  • Family – Clearwing moths (Sesiidae)
  • Small Sized
  • Wingspan Range – 18-22mm

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Nationally Scarce B

Caterpillar Food Plants

Willows including Goat Willow (Salix caprea), Grey Willow (Salix cinerea) and Creeping Willow (Salix repens).

Habitat

Woodland, riverbanks, flooded gravel pits and ponds where willows grow in damp conditions

Distribution

  • Countries – England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland
  • Nationally Scarce B. Well distributed in England north to Northumberland although less frequent in the west. Also reported in Glamorgan in Wales, Dumfries-shire in Scotland and Alderney on the Channel Islands, with scattered records in Ireland.