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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nb

Local Status: Rare and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: May-Aug.

Forewing: 9-11mm.

Foodplant: Osiers, Willows.

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 recorded193519961935
Year last recorded201020082010
Number of records26562
Number of individuals3420108
Unique positions22452
Unique locations21450
Adult records11022
Immature records12228

For the region, we have a total of 62 records from 50 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1935.


0380 Red-tipped Clearwing 01
© Dave Foot

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species found in England, the larva overwintering once beneath the bark of osier (Salix viminalis), goat willow (Salix caprea) and grey willow (Salix cinerea). There is often little external evidence of occupation within the infected stem or branch. Trunks or branches damaged by other insects may often be found to host the species and close inspection may reveal old emergence holes or empty pupa cases in the region of the wound. A further occasional characteristic is a circular scar around the circumference of a willow stem and a thickening of the stem in the region immediately above the gall. The adult emerges during June and July. In Dorset, the moth forms scattered and small colonies in willow bushes that grow beside rivers, ditches, ponds, fens, mire and marshes. It is local but likely to be more widespread than the Sallow Clearwing377 . Retention of good quantities of sallow in known localities would assist with the conservation of this species across the county.

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