August 2007 – Six-belted Clearwing Moth
Six-belted Clearwing Moth – Bembecia ichneumoniformis
Locally distributed in the southern half of Britain, this species inhabits chalky soils including downland, quarries and sea-cliffs.
The moth is small and may not be easy to spot, the one in this photograph is approximately half an inch in length.
It’s foodplants are bird’s-foot trefoil or kidney vetch, the larvae feeding in the rootstock.
The day-flying adults are on the wing between June and August. This one was spotted in early July in Ryde Cemetery.