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Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nb

Local Status: Very scarce and restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: May-Jul.

Forewing: 8-9mm.

Foodplant: Wayfaring Tree and Guelder Rose.

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded19051905
Year last recorded20102010
Number of records4080
Number of individuals89178
Unique positions3570
Unique locations2754
Adult records1020
Immature records2040

For the region, we have a total of 80 records from 54 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


Orange-tailed Clearwing 3
© Julian Francis
0378 Orange-tailed Clearwing 02 adult to VES lure
© Dave Shenton
0378 Orange-tailed Clearwing 01
© Dave Foot

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species limited to the calcareous soils of south-east and central southern England, the larva feeding for at least two years within the stems or branches (up to 25mm in diameter) of the wayfaring tree (Viburnum lantana), and, less frequently of guelder rose (Viburnum opulus). In its final year of growth, the larva cuts a disc-shaped cap in the bark over the emergence hole; this structure is the only external evidence of the larva within. The moth emerges through June and July. In Dorset, many inland calcareous localities have been found to harbour the moth, especially where old scrub containing mature wayfaring tree remains untouched on chalk downland. This species tends to colonise single plants, leaving others nearby unaffected. Retention of good quantities of wayfaring tree as part of the downland scrub mosaic would assist with the conservation of this species in the county. Unfortunately such mosaics are seldom valued by conservation agencies, and continue to be reduced in extent or obliterated as they were during the reversion of downland to arable in the post-war years by farmers.

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