The Moths of Suffolk
373 Currant Clearwing, Synanthedon tipuliformis, (Clerck, 1759)

National Status : Notable Nb

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local and infrequent

Habitats : Fruit farms, allotments and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June. This is based on only a few records, literature also gives July

Larval foodplants : Black and Red Currant, mostly cultivated varieties but also wild. Occasionally on Gooseberry

Records : Nowton (R Eley, 1995-6), Great Cornard (D Underwood & S Read, 2001 and 2003), Little Cornard (S Read, 2001 and 2003), Ipswich (N Sherman, 2006-7)

Morley's Final Catalogue : By no means frequent, even in gardens containing ancient currant-bushes. Common on blackcurrant, Yarmouth (Paget, 1934). Known at Ipswich, Needham, Hacheston, Bury and Beccles before 1890. Later taken very sparingly in Brantham (Buckle); Ipswich in 1894 (Pyett) and 1896-1902, as well as at Reydon in July 1900 (Mly); Gorleston garden (Mr).

Wingspan details : Forewing 8-10mm, Wingspan 18-22mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultSallow Clearwing, Synanthedon flaviventris
Thrift Clearwing, Synansphecia muscaeformis

Compare confusion species
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Thetford (16.vi.2004) © L Gregory

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Thetford (16.vi.2004) © L Gregory
Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2006) © Neil Sherman
Old exit hole in stem of Blackcurrant. - Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2007) © Neil Sherman
 
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Split stem of Blackcurrant showing larval feeding gallery. - Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2007) © Neil Sherman
Hadleigh, Suffolk (vi.2011) © P Bryant
Found basking on Blackcurrant leaf - Ipswich, Suffolk (1.vi.2014) © Neil Sherman
 
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Exuvia found on Blackcurrant stem - Ipswich, Suffolk (7.vii.2014) © Neil Sherman