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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nb

Local Status: Very scarce and restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 8-10mm.

Foodplant: Mostly cultivated varieties of Black and Red Currant.

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 recorded190520061905
Year last recorded201020062010
Number of records16134
Number of individuals32064
Unique positions8118
Unique locations9120
Adult records7014
Immature records408

For the region, we have a total of 34 records from 20 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


0373 Currant Clearwing 03
© James Watson
0373 Currant Clearwing 02
© Martin Cade, 28 Jun 2007
0373 Currant Clearwing 01
© Dave Foot

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A generally distributed species in England, the larva feeding and over-wintering once within strong stems of black currant (Ribes nigrum) and, less frequently of red currant (R. rubrum). Eggs are laid close to the ends of shoots, or stems that have been pruned the previous winter. The newly-hatched larva creates a tunnel by eating the heart of the stem in the late summer and into autumn. During the spring, frass may be evident at the end of the host shoot, and, prior to pupation, a cap is constructed to seal the end of the tunnel. The moths emerge during June and may occasionally be observed at rest on currant leaves around midday; thereafter, females may be seen in the middle of the afternoon seeking out a suitable part of the bush to oviposit. Localities in Dorset are few but the species is likely to be under-recorded, and colonies found in towns or nurseries are associated with well-established black currant bushes. Pheromone lures employed by R Cook and D Humphrey at a nursery at Bearwood PYO, Magna Road, Bournemouth (not Knighton as reported by PD) attracted seventy males on 21 June 2001.

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