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Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nb

Local Status: Very rare resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-early Aug.

Forewing: 9-12mm.

Foodplant: Larvae under the bark of old fruit trees, such as Apple and Pear.

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 recorded19951995
Year last recorded20072007
Number of records48
Number of individuals918
Unique positions48
Unique locations48
Adult records36
Immature records12

For the region, we have a total of 8 records from 8 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1995.


0379 Red-belted Clearwing 01
© Dave Foot

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species restricted to southern England, the larva overwintering beneath the bark of apple (Malus spp.) and less frequently pear (Pyrus communis), almond (Prunus amygdanus), peach (Prunus persica), rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) and hawthorn (Crataegus spp.). The female tends to select wounded trees on which to oviposit, and the resulting young larvae burrow under the bark at the edge of the wounds. Tenancy is occasionally evidenced by reddish frass hanging from bark crevices in the early spring; however, the micro-moth Enarmonia formosana1216 also exudes frass from fruit-tree bark at this time. The moth emerges before midday from mid-May until the end of June. In Dorset, any decline in the number of cultivated, pesticide-free, apple trees and corresponding reduction in potential colonies is masked by the lack of fieldwork and thus records. It is likely that colonies are present in old orchards, although this valuable habitat is disappearing, and in most towns where gardens and allotments containing well established apple trees. Gardeners should maintain their fruit trees without recourse to chemical sprays or applications to ensure the survival of extant Red-belted Clearwing colonies.

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