Sesiidae: Sesiinae

0378 (ABH52.010) Orange-tailed Clearwing Synanthedon andrenaeformis, (Laspeyres, 1801)


 Photo © Jonathan Newman
Orange-tailed Clearwing
 Photo © Jonathan Newman
Orton Waterville
Orton Waterville
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 Photo © Val Perrin
 Photo © Jonathan Newman

General Information

This species has a distinctive orange tail fan.


Male comes to pheromone lures but otherwise adults are rarely seen.


Pheromone attractants: ves.

Moth activity times: all day peak around 11am.

Overwinters as a larva, twice.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a larva.
Flies during the day

Forewing length: 9-11mm.
Foodplant(s): Wayfaring Tree (Viburnum lantana), Guelder-rose (Viburnum opulus)
Flying: One generation, May-July
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Nationally Scarce B


Chalk downland, limestone grassland and woodland edges.

Regional Information

Recorded in 21 (7.8%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in June 2023

Recorded date range (Adult): 26 May to 21 July

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 07 May to 07 May

Nationally Scarce B

Larva Type:
Yellow, white, brown
No. of Proleg Pairs: