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.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map