Six-belted Clearwing

  • Six-belted Clearwing
    Six-belted Clearwing
  • Six-belted Clearwing
    Six-belted Clearwing
  • Six-belted Clearwing
    Six-belted Clearwing
  • Six-belted Clearwing
    Six-belted Clearwing

Scientific name: Bembecia ichneumoniformis

Late June to mid-August. A nationally scarce moth with five or six yellow bands on the abdomen.

The males have six yellow bands but the females have only five, both with orange scales on the tip and along the central bar of the forewings and largely yellow legs.

The adults can sometimes be found using sweep nets. The caterpillars feed inside the roots of the foodplant from July to the following May, overwintering as larvae.

Size and Family

  • Family – Clearwing moths (Sesiidae)
  • Small Sized
  • Wingspan Range – 18-24mm

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Nationally Scarce B

Caterpillar Food Plants

Common Bird’s-foot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus), Kidney Vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria) and possibly Horseshoe Vetch (Hippocrepis comosa)

Habitat

Chalk and coastal grassland with grassy swards, rough upland fields, embankments, quarries and cliffs except where there is heavy grazing

Distribution

  • Countries – England and Wales
  • Nationally Scarce B. Well distributed in southern England from Cornwall to Kent, north to Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Yorkshire. Also recorded in Pembrokeshire and Gower in south Wales. Rare in the Channel Islands.