The Moths of Suffolk
382 Six-belted Clearwing, Bembecia ichneumoniformis, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Notable Nb

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Rare

Habitats : Grassy areas, particularly on chalky soils

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late June to mid-August

Larval foodplants : On roots of Common Bird's-foot Trefoil and Kidney Vetch

Records : Little Blakenham (SMG, 2004; N Sherman, 2007)

Morley's Final Catalogue : The rarest of the Suffolk species, feeding in Lotus-roots. Crowfoot found it to occur at Beccles in 1900, W. H. Tuck took a specimen sitting upon flowerhead on the outskirts of Norton Wood on 18 July 1899 (Trans. Norf. Nat. Soc. vii, 14); and Barrett vouches for its presence at Brandon before 1890.

Wingspan details : Forewing 9-12mm, Wingspan 17-22mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultThrift Clearwing, Synansphecia muscaeformis

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Suffolk (vi.2004) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Portland (28.vii.2002) © L Gregory
Cley, Norfolk (29.vi.2008) © Lee Gregory
Cley, Norfolk (29.vi.2008) © Lee Gregory
 
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first VC26 record since 1899 - Brandon, Suffolk (1.vii.2009) © Lee Gregory
Hadleigh, Suffolk (vi.2011) © P Bryant
Attracted to API pheromone - Totternhoe quarry, Bedfordshire (2.viii.2012) © Neil Sherman