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Six-belted Clearwing
Bembecia ichneumoniformis

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

Norfolk status
Characteristic features include six yellow bands on the abdomen and orange scales on tip of central bar of forewing.
Overwinters as a larva June-May.

Coastal grassland, embankments, quarries, cliffs, etc, mainly chalk or limestone.

Rediscovered on the North Norfolk coast in 2007. Old record from 1823 by Curtis and Stephens at South Creake. (Unconfirmed record in early 1990s at Hillington)

Discovered at new west Norfolk coastal and inland sites in 2009, with further sites discovered in recent years. VC27 inland records first recorded at Strumpshaw Fen in 2018/19, and Norwich in 2019.
With the increased use of lures, this species is apparently quite widespread and can be found at most suitable locations where the food-plants grow.

Pheromone attractants: API
Pheromone activity day times: 8:00-18:30, peak 9:00-13:00.
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Like many of the clearwings, was formerly considered scarce, but due to the increased availability of pheromone lures is apparently much more common and widespread than previously thought.

Recorded in 33 (45%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1823.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Date#VC10kGeneral Area
29/07/2023127TG20Norwich (Earlham)
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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
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