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Six-belted Clearwing
Bembecia ichneumoniformis ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Sesiidae: Sesiinae
382 / 52.014
Photo © Robert Yaxley,  Stowmarket 13/07/2023

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Similar Species: None
Forewing: 9-12mm.
Flight: One generation. June-Aug.
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
Morley's Final Catalogue: The rarest of the Suffolk species, feeding in Lotus-roots.

Recent Suffolk status: Local.
More records in recent years with the use of pheromones.

Life history: Single-brooded, flying in summer.

Occasionally found at rest or on flowers. Most records at pheromome.

Identification: The six yellow bands on the abdomen and orange markings on the wings are distinctive.

Habitats: Grasslands, dune grassland/shingle, road verges.

Recorded in 18 (31%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1899.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

Latest 10 Records
07/08/2023+26TL67Beck Row
13/07/2023225TM05Stowmarket/Needham Market
07/07/20232525TM23Felixstowe/Landguard Point
07/07/20232325TM23Felixstowe/Landguard Point
07/07/2023225TM25Wickham Market/Otley
Further info: Bembecia ichneumoniformis
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