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Yellow-legged Clearwing
Synanthedon vespiformis (Linnaeus, 1761)
Sesiidae: Sesiinae
374 / 52.012
Photo © Dave Emley,  Gentleshaw Common, Staffs

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Forewing: 10-12mm
Flight: May - August
Foodplant:   Pedunculate Oak
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB status: Common
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2

A locally distributed scarce resident, rare in the north.

A species of open woodland, parkland and hedgerows, particularly where there is fresh cut timber.

Larvae found particularly on oaks, but occasionally in Sweet Chestnut.

Comes to the pheromone lure VES.

Verification Grade Comment: Ideally take a photo.

Recorded in 48 (34%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1892.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
11/08/2022139SO98 - Dudley/Saltwells Wood
08/08/2022139SO98 - Dudley/Saltwells Wood
03/08/2022139SK01 - Cannock Chase/Rugeley
01/08/2022140SO79 - Bridgnorth
31/07/2022139SJ82 - Eccleshall/Gnosall
Further info: Synanthedon vespiformis
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