Currant Clearwing - Synanthedon tipuliformis


A rather small species with a wingspan of 17-20 mm.

Identification difficulty

Tends to be found around allotments, gardens and other similar places where the larval foodplant is present.

When to see it

On the wing between late May and July.

Life History

The larvae of this species feed internally on the shoots of Red Currant and Black Currant bushes (Ribes).

UK Status

It is widely distributed throughout England and Wales, extending into parts of Scotland, but is not especially common anywhere. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as Nationally Scarce B.

VC55 Status

Occasional or little recorded in Leicestershire & Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant). Leicestershire & Rutland Distribution Map.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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