Six-belted Clearwings at Glyne Gap.

7th July 2008, Monday

Six-belted Clearwing (Glyne Gap, East Sussex)

The wasp mimicry of six-belted clearwings is quite exceptional, even the flight and behaviour is much closer to a Cerceris or Mellinus sphecid wasp than a day-flying moth. This nationally scarce moth is quite common at Glyne Gap and on the undercliff at Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve but is very easy to overlook due to its wasp mimicry and habit of hiding quietly amongst the foliage of its larval foodplant, bird’s-foot trefoil. (At Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve it probably also feeds on kidney vetch.)

These photos were taken on Saturday (5th) when a number of these moths were present amongst the undercliff below Galley Hill, Bexhill. The adults are on the wing between the end of June – beginning of August.

Six-belted Clearwing (Glyne Gap, East Sussex)

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