Warwickshire's Clearwing Moths

The species numbers provided follow Agassiz (2013) which supersedes the numbering scheme originally published by Bradley and Fletcher (1979).

Clearwings (Family Sesiinae)

Of the 14 resident species of clearwing moth found in Britain, 10 have been recorded in Warwickshire. The white-barred clearwing (Synanthedon spheciformis); not listed below, is presumed extinct in the region with the last records being in the mid to late 1950s. Most clearwing species are very elusive and rarely seen without the use of pheromone lures with which to attract the males. The maggot-like larvae feed within the stems, trunk or roots of their foodplants. The adult moths tend to wasp-like in appearance which affords them some protection from predators. All have areas patches on their wings which shed their scales during their first flight resulting in 'clear wings'.

Hornet Moth © 2019 Phil Clayton

Hornet
Moth

Sesia
apiformis

52.002 (HOR)
Lunar Hornet Moth

Lunar Hornet
Moth

Sesia
bembeciformis

52.003 (n/a)
Large Red-belted Clearwing

Large Red-belted
Clearwing

Synanthedon
culiciformis

52.007 (MYO, CUL)
Red-tipped Clearwing © 2019 Steven Cheshire

Red-tipped
Clearwing

Synanthedon
formicaeformis

52.008 (FOR, MYO, TIP)

Orange-tailed Clearwing © 2019 Steven Cheshire

Orange-tailed
Clearwing

Synanthedon
andrenaeformis

52.010 (VES)
Red-belted Clearwing © 2019 Keith Warmington

Red-belted
Clearwing

Synanthedon
myopaeformis

52.011 (MYO, +API)
Yellow-legged Clearwing

Yellow-legged
Clearwing

Synanthedon
vespiformis

52.012 (VES, +HYL, +TAB)
Currant Clearwing

Currant
Clearwing

Synanthedon
tipuliformis

52.013 (TIP)

Six-belted Clearwing © 2019 Steven Cheshire

Six-belted
Clearwing

Bembecia
ichneumoniformis

52.014 (API)