Q How do I recognise that currant clearwing moth has attacked my plants?
A Stems tunnelled by brown-headed white caterpillars, which are up to 15mm long. Infested shoots may die back and be easily snapped off, revealing a tunnel filled with blackened droppings in the centre of the stem.
Caption: You may see the adult clearwing moth but are more likely to see the caterpillars and their damage
Q What should I do if my plants have been attacked by currant clearwing moth?
A Remove infested stems promptly, cutting back into totally clean wood. Keep plants well fed, mulched and watered to encourage new growth.
Q How can I prevent currant clearwing moth?
A There is little that can be done to prevent the initial infestation, but infested stems should be cut right back and the stems containing the caterpillars burned.