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Currant Borer Synanthedon tipuliformis

In our garden the Currant Clearwing, also known as Currant Borer is rather common. The animal is common in England and Wales as well. It is spread all over the world as the caterpillar lives in the stem of red and black currants and has thus being introduced all over the planet. As it is well protected inside the stem, it is the larva that overwinters. Compared to the rather similar Yellow-legged Clearwing above it is slightly smaller, not as robust and the colouring is weaker. The legs of the Currant Borer are not entirely yellow, but show black rings. The maximum wingspan is around 20 mm.