52.008 (0380) Red-tipped Clearwing Synanthedon formicaeformis (Esper, 1783)

Status
Extinct. Rare.
Nationally Scarce.
 
Flight period
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History
R. S. Gordon (1913) stated that "I have never seen the perfect insect. Took several larvae and pupae in willow on islands, Drumwalt Loch, Mochrum on 27th June 1898, and in willows along Malzie Burn, 1st July 1899." These records were from Wigtownshire.
 
MOGBI (1985) with their distribution map record the species in Dumfriesshire which would be the record by F. W. Smith and Arthur Duncan from Closeburn in 1942.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a part-grown larva, during August to May, where it lives inside the trunks, branches or stems of the foodplant.
 
Larval foodplants
Osiers and willows.
 
Identification
If ever it is noticed here again it would be worthwhile having a close look at the antennae as the females have a noticable white tip.
 
Red tip on forewing with a single broad red band on abdomen is diagnostic.
 
Habitat
Found in wetlands with mature willows and is active during sunshine like all clearwings.
 
Recorders' notes
Probably extinct here.
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