The Moths of Suffolk
379 Red-belted Clearwing, Synanthedon myopaeformis, (Borkhausen, 1789)

National Status : Notable Nb

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local and infrequent

Habitats : Orchards, gardens, hedgerows and woodland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-June to early August

Larval foodplants : Apple, including Crab Apple, also occasionally Hawthorn, Pear and Rowan

Records : Ipswich (N Sherman, 1998 and 2001), Sudbury (C McGrath, 1998), Great Cornard (P Bryant, 2003; S Read, 2005), Barrow (A Parr, 2002-9), Denham (A Parr, 13.vii.2002), Risby (A Parr, 29.vii.2002) and Fornham St Martin (A Parr, 6.viii.2002; P Bryant, 12.vii.2006)

Morley's Final Catalogue : A somewhat rare kind, injurious to the bark of apple and pear-trees. Recorded before 1890 from Ipswich (Ml), two in a Battisford orchard by W. Baker (Nat. 1857, 273), Needham (L), Beccles (Crf) and Bury (Wrt). Later we have heard of it only as common in Mr. Platten's Needham garden, close to the main street, whence a half-dozen were reared from apple-wood in late June 1930 and more subsequently (Trans. i, 142 and ii, 183), till at least 1936. It is, of course, in many gardens but ignored.

Wingspan details : Forewing 9-11mm, Wingspan 18-26mm


Confusion species
    AdultRed-tipped Clearwing, Synanthedon formicaeformis
Large Red-belted Clearwing, Synanthedon culiciformis

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Kent (vi.2003) © M Deans

Flight chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.1998) © N Sherman
Newton, Suffolk ( © Stuart Read