Ryde Social Heritage Group research the social history of the citizens of Ryde, Isle of Wight. Documenting their lives, businesses and burial transcriptions.
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August 2007 – Six-belted Clearwing Moth

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.