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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nb

Local Status: Rare and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 9-12mm.

Foodplant: Common Bird's-foot-trefoil and Kidney Vetch.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1883188319821960
Year last recorded2014200720142005
Number of records272574
Number of individuals11025123
Unique positions202223
Unique locations162193
Adult records272553
Immature records0000

For the county, we have a total of 90 records from 40 sites. First recorded in 1883.


52.014 Six-belted Clearwing 06
© David Ashton, 7 Jul 2019
52.014 Six-belted Clearwing 05
© Andy Nunn
52.014 Six-belted Clearwing 04
© Dave Shenton
52.014 Six-belted Clearwing 03
© Andy Nunn
52.014 Six-belted Clearwing 02
© Dave Williamson
52.014 Six-belted Clearwing 01
© Dave Williamson

Species Account

Pheromone lure: API. Areas with Common Bird's-foot Trefoil, on chalk and limestone.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Porritt (1983-86) only recorded this species on the east coast in VC61 and VC62. It then declined and was described by Skinner (1984) as a 'local species found in southern England as far north as Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire'. It has spread northwards again, however, and the first record since Porritt occurred in VC64 in 1973. All the new sites except Filey are inland, so the habitat preferences of this species appear to have changed over the years.

Argus 54, 2007:
VC62. St. Nicholas Field LNR, York, 18.7.2007 to pheromone lure (EDC). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): This species seems to be doing well especially in the south and east of the county. Most records are to pheromone lures though it is sometimes encountered without them.

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