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Red-tipped Clearwing
Synanthedon formicaeformis (Esper, 1783)
Sesiidae: Sesiinae
380 / 52.008
Photo © Jeremy Bartlett,  Norwich 2015

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Red-belted Clearwing
Synanthedon myopaeformis
Large Red-belted Clearwing
Synanthedon culiciformis
Forewing: 9-11mm.
Flight: May-Aug.
Foodplant:   Osiers, Willows.
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
Norfolk Status
Red forewing tip and broad red band on abdomen.
Sallow carr, swamp, osier or withy beds, riverbanks, flooded pits and ponds. Other damp marshy areas.

Can often be found by day, without the use of a lure, feeding at flowers.

Pheromone attractants: myo, or tip, or tip+ves, or myo+tip+ves NEW- for
Pheromone activity day times: 13:00-18:00.
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Like many of the clearwings, was formerly considered scarce, but due to the increased availability of pheromone lures is apparently much more common and widespread than previously thought.

Recorded in 43 (58%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1879.
Last Recorded in 2022.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
26/06/2022127TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
22/06/2022727TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
21/06/2022127TG23 - N.Walsham/Roughton
17/06/2022128TF50 - Upwell/Marshland
17/06/2022827TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
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