Sesiidae: Sesiinae

0381 (ABH52.007) Large Red-belted Clearwing Synanthedon culiciformis, (Linnaeus, 1758)



General Information

Pheromone attractants: myo or cul.

Moth activity times: 13:00-19:15, peak 14:00-16:00.


The larvae tunnel and pupate under the bark of the food plant.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a larva.
Flies during the day

Forewing length: 12-14mm.
Foodplant(s): Downy Birch (Betula pubescens), Silver Birch (Betula pendula), Alder (Alnus glutinosa)
Flying: One generation, mid May-late June
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Nationally Scarce B


Light woodland, birch and alder scrub, heathland and light, open areas on both light soils and clay.

Regional Information

Recorded in 6 (2.2%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in June 2022

Recorded date range (Adult): 14 May to 23 June

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 09 April to 04 September

Nationally Scarce B

Larva Type:
White, Brown
No. of Proleg Pairs: