Similar in size and appearance to the Currant Clearwing but missing the yellow collar or thorax markings of the Currant Clearwing.

The caterpillars spend two years feeding in thin stems of the willow foodplant causing a pear-shaped gall overwintering as larvae.

Size and Family

  • Family – Clearwing moths (Sesiidae)
  • Small Sized
  • Wingspan Range – 16-18mm

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Nationally Scarce B

Caterpillar Food Plants

Sallows, especially Goat Willow (Salix caprea) and Grey Willow (Salix cinerea).


Damp open woodland and damp heathland


  • Countries – England
  • Nationally Scarce B. Found in the south of England from Devon to Kent including the Isle of Wight and north to Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.
Sallow Clearwing

Sallow Clearwing

Sallow Clearwing

Sallow Clearwing