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52.004 [B&F: 0372] Dusky Clearwing (Paranthrene tabaniformis) (Rottemburg, 1775)


Extinct in the British Isles, formerly in broad-leaved woodland in parts of south-eastern England; last recorded in Britain from Berkshire in 1924, also known from Epping Forest, but not since 1839. In Hampshire there is one old record, from Cosham in 1909, but never recorded from the Isle of Wight. Wingspan 26-34 mm. Day-flying. On the continent, where the species is still common, the early stages may be sought during the winter months, but synthetic pheromone lures are used to attract males nowadays. Larva feeds within wood of Aspen and Black Poplar.

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