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Six-belted Clearwing
Bembecia ichneumoniformis

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

Davey, P., 2009: Recorded from most southern counties of England and Wales, the larva over-wintering once in the roots of common birds-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) and kidney vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria), and in this state it is very difficult to detect. The species tends to prefer chalk-pit edges, cliff ledges and disturbed calcareous ground where host plants abound. Adults may be found relatively easily by sweeping or by carefully searching downland flora and grasses upon which the moth... Read More

Recorded in 18 (45%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1890.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 9-12mm
Flight: June - August
Foodplant:   Common Bird's-foot-trefoil and Kidney Vetch
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
25/07/201919SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown
25/07/201939ST90 Spetisbury
25/07/201919SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown
23/07/201939SY58 Abbotsbury
22/06/201929SY67 Portland / Weymouth

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