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1. Any of various diurnal moths of the family Sesiidae, having scaleless transparent wings and a wasplike appearance, some of which are pests of crops.
2. Any of various other similar moths, especially of the family Sphingidae.


(ˈklɪəˌwɪŋ) or

clearwing moth

(Animals) any moth of the family Sesiidae (or Aegeriidae), characterized by the absence of scales from the greater part of the wings. They are day-flying and some, such as the hornet clearwing (Sesia apiformis), resemble wasps and other hymenopterans



any moth of the family Aegeriidae, having transparent, scaleless wings.
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A new clearwing moth on the Hippophae tree from Qinghai, China (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae).
If you have seen, a clearwing moth of any species, or evidence of tree occupation, please contact us at SERT on moths@swansea.
The good news, though, is that Wales is still a UK stronghold for some species, such as the small pearl-bordered fritillary and the Welsh clearwing moth.
Suspicions were first aroused in 2005 that the Welsh clearwing moth - not seen on Cannock Chase since 1922 - could be back.
The Welsh Clearwing moth, which makes its home in mature birch trees, has been re-discovered in Cannock after 84 years - the last confirmed sighting at the beautyspot was in 1922.
A second, the horehound clearwing moth, was imported in 1996.
In 2007, as part of an on-going survey of clearwing moth presence in eastern Tennessee, a Multipher-1 moth trap (Les Services BioControle, Ste.
For example otter ledges on bridges should help to reduce numbers killed on the roads, birch trees of the right age will enable the Welsh Clearwing Moth (pictured) to lay its eggs, and orchids and bluebells can be encouraged to spread and colonise new areas.
n Welsh Clearwing Moth -ensure birch trees of the right age are available for the moth to use to lay its eggs.
My favourites were a pair of six-belted clearwing moths, rarely found in North Wales, and the most westerly record by 40 miles.
PCR-RFLP provides an accurate method to differentiate 8 species of adult clearwing moths commonly found in traps baited with commercially available pheromone lures.