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Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nb

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 8-10mm.

Foodplant: Mostly cultivated varieties of Black & Red Currant.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831883188318831883
Year last recorded20112009201420132014
Number of records111245395
Number of individuals182287646
Unique positions10827213
Unique locations9828213
Adult records111240345
Immature records00210

For the county, we have a total of 112 records from 69 sites. First recorded in 1883.


52.013 Currant Clearwing 05
© Andy Nunn
52.013 Currant Clearwing 04
© Andy Nunn
52.013 Currant Clearwing 03 larva
© Derek Parkinson
52.013 Currant Clearwing 02
© Damian Money
52.013 Currant Clearwing 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Pheromone lure: TIP. Try larger gardens, allotments, fruit-farms, with lures on on the branches of the foodplant in June or July in mid- to late afternoon.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: As with many currant-feeding species, this has become very scarce in recent years probably due to increased use of herbicides. The moths should be looked for in gardens and allotments where the larvae feed in the stems and shoots of black currant, red currant and gooseberry. The adult can be difficult to locate, even if known to be present, and hides on the stems except in bright, warm sunshine (B. MacNulty, pers. comm.). Shown as recorded from all five vice-counties on map 197 in MBGBI 2, the VC62 and VC65 records can be traced to Porritt (1883-86 and 1904) but the VC61 record is not known.

2012 (CHF): Use of pheromone lures in recent years has shown that this species is more common than previously suspected. We have recent records for all VCs except VC65.

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