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Six-belted Clearwing
Bembecia ichneumoniformis

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 382 / 52.014

Locally distributed but sometimes common where it occurs.

Fairly common on limestone grassland and road verges. Is being found more frequently on brown-field sites where Bird's-foot Trefoil is a common plant.

Larvae live in the stems of the foodplant.

Comes readily to the API pheromone lure, sometimes in large numbers.

Recorded in 28 (20%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1867.
Last Recorded in 2018.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 9-12mm
Flight: June - August
Foodplant:   Common Bird's-foot-trefoil and Kidney Vetch
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
20/07/20182VC37 - WorcestershireSO76
01/07/20185VC39 - StaffordshireSK04
July 2018+VC37 - WorcestershireSP04
29/06/201846VC39 - StaffordshireSJ84
27/06/2018+VC39 - StaffordshireSJ84

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