24th August 2015

Clearwings- back down South after a few busy days, and it is raining in torrents so I thought I’d post this day-flying moth I saw last time I was in Sussex. I don’t ever remember seeing anything like it before and still can’t decide which of the 15 species of Clearwings it is. The most common Clearwing is the Currant Clearwing though even this is declining and hard to find, apparently. This could be the Currant Clearwing but I’m not sure. (Those wonderful moths, the Hummingbird Hawk Moths are also clearwings). Many Clearwings, like this one, have evolved to look like Wasps, as a means of deterring predators. Conditions: A cloudy day becoming extremely wet, as were a couple of recent days in Sheffield! Temperature: Max 18- Min 13c.

A Clearwing, a day-flying moth evolved to look like a Wasp.

A Clearwing, a day-flying moth evolved to look like a Wasp.

Clearwings often have intricate patterns on their wings

Clearwings often have intricate patterns on their wings

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