Red-tipped Clearwing - Synanthedon formicaeformis


Wingspan 17 to19 mm. This moth derives its English name from the reddish patches at the tips of the forewings.

Identification difficulty

The species inhabits fens, marshes and other damp localities.

When to see it

It flies between May and July.

Life History

Larvae feed inside the stems of various species of Willow and especially Osier.

UK Status

It can be found locally throughout much of England, southern Scotland, south Wales and scarcely in parts of Ireland. 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).

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

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