Yellow-legged Clearwing - Synanthedon vespiformis
Wingspan 18 to 20 mm. Another wasp-mimic getting its name from its noticeable yellow legs.
To be seen in areas where Oak is present.
Flies from May to July during the day.
The larvae feed internally on the wood of the foodplant Oak (Quercus).
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.
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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