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Dusky Clearwing
Paranthrene tabaniformis (Rottemburg, 1775)
Sesiidae: Sesiinae
372 / 52.004
Photo © Will Langdon,  Caught at TAB lure by Martin Townsend - Tubney, VC22 - 25/06/2023

Similar Upper Thames Species: None
Foodplant:   Aspen, possibly other poplars
Red List: Regionally Extinct (RE)
GB Status: Extinct
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3

A Berkshire record from Tubney Wood in 1924 was one of the last in Britain until its rediscovery in Warwickshire during 2021. Thanks to some amazing detective work by Martin Townsend, and the use of a pheromone lure, it was rediscovered at Tubney after a gap of 99 years, in 2023.

Formerly found widely but locally, mainly in southeast England.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 1 (1%) of 78 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1924.
Last Recorded in 1924.
(Data up to end 2022)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
June 1924+22SP40 - Wolvercote, Wytham, Wootton
Further info: Paranthrene tabaniformis
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