The Moths of Suffolk
380 Red-tipped Clearwing, Synanthedon formicaeformis, (Esper, 1783)

National Status : Notable Nb

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Rare (but probably under-recorded)

Habitats : Sallow carr and willow beds

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late May to early August, although the recent county records have been made in June and July

Larval foodplants : Feeding internally within Osiers and other willows

Records : Hengrave (A Parr,; P Bryant, M Deans & L Gregory,, Cavenham Heath (A Parr, 19.vii.2003), Lackford Lakes (A Parr, 31.vii.2004; P Bryant,, &; N Sherman,, Cornard Mere (S Read,, Micklemere (P Bryant,

Morley's Final Catalogue : Bloomfield's sole record of this sallow-feeder is taken from the 'Nat.' (sans ref.) presumably of about 1860, showing it to have then occurred pretty freely at Nayland Stoke. It is a fens species and has later been noted only at Brandon staunch among osiers, where a dozen males were sunning themselves upon the midrib of nettle-leaves, flying to and fro, on 22 June 1928 (Elliott, Mly). Also it occurs at Horning, Norfolk.

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


Confusion species
    AdultRed-belted Clearwing, Synanthedon myopaeformis
Large Red-belted Clearwing, Synanthedon culiciformis

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Hengrave (vi.2004) © M Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Cornard Mere ( © S Read
Lackford Lakes SWT, Suffolk (11.vii.2006) © Paul Bryant
Lackford lakes, Suffolk ( © Neil Sherman
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Lakenheath Fen RSPB, Suffolk (1.vii.2009) © Lee Gregory
North Cove, Suffolk ( © Neil Sherman
Attracted to For pheromone - North cove reserve, Suffolk ( © Neil Sherman