Six-belted Clearwing - Bembecia ichneumoniformis


Wingspan 15 to 21 mm. It gets its name from the six yellowish bands on the abdomen and has mostly transparent wings, only edged in scales.

Identification difficulty

Inhabits various locations where the food plants are present, particularly on calcareous soils including chalk downland, quarries and sea-cliffs.

When to see it

The day-flying adults are on the wing between June and August.

Life History

The foodplants are the bird's-foot trefoils (genus Lotus) or Kidney Vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria), the larvae feeding in the rootstock.

UK Status

Locally distributed in the southern half of Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as Nationally Scarce B.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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