Orange-tailed Clearwing - Synanthedon andrenaeformis


Wingspan 18 to 22 mm.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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Usually found on chalk downland, preferring the edges of woodland.

When to see it

The adults fly in May and June, but are very difficult to locate unless a lure is used.

Life History

The larva lives for two years or more, boring into the stems of the Wayfaring-tree and Guelder-rose.

UK Status

This species occurs in central southern England.

VC55 Status

Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland where it is very local.

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

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