Sesiidae: Sesiinae

0373 (ABH52.013) Currant Clearwing Synanthedon tipuliformis, (Clerck, 1759)


 Photo © Val Perrin
Currant Clearwing
 Photo © Val Perrin
Hemingford Grey
Hemingford Grey
 Photo © Barry Dickerson

General Information

This is a small clearwing species with a yellow collar and three(F) or four(M) yellow cross-bands.


It can be seen around foodplants in sunny weather.


The male comes quickly and in numbers to pheromone lures.


Pheromone attractants: tip

Moth activity times: 9:00-19:00, peak 14:30-18:00.


Overwinters as a larva in the main stem or side stem of the food plant.

Flies during the day

Forewing length: 8-10mm.
Foodplant(s): Black Currant (in the stems) (Ribes nigrum), Red Currant (Ribes rubrum), Gooseberry (Ribes uva-crispa)
Flying: One generation, June-July
National status: Nationally Scarce B


Fruit farms, allotments and gardens.

Regional Information

Recorded in 18 (6.7%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in June 2023

Recorded date range (Adult): 20 May to 23 July

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 21 January to 10 October

Nationally Scarce B

Larva Type:
yellow, white, grey, brown
No. of Proleg Pairs: