Yellow-legged Clearwing - Synanthedon vespiformis


    Wingspan 18 to 20 mm. Another wasp-mimic getting its name from its noticeable yellow legs.

    Identification difficulty

    To be seen in areas where Oak is present.

    When to see it

    Flies from May to July during the day.

    Life History

    The larvae feed internally on the wood of the foodplant Oak (Quercus).

    UK Status

    Distributed over the southern half of England, but not common anywhere. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as Nationally Scarce B.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional or little recorded in Leicestershire & Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant). Leicestershire & Rutland Distribution Map.

    52.012 BF374

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map