Sesiidae: Sesiinae

0374 (ABH52.012) Yellow-legged Clearwing Synanthedon vespiformis, (Linnaeus, 1761)


 Photo © Val Perrin
Yellow-legged Clearwing
 Photo © Val Perrin
Mating pair at Barnack Hills and Holes
Mating pair at Barnack Hills and Holes
 Photo © Ian Dawson

General Information

Pheromone attractants: ves, ves hyl, or ves tab.


Moth activity times: 12:00-19:00.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a larva.
Flies during the day

Forewing length: 10-12mm.
Foodplant(s): Pedunculate Oak (Quercus robur), Sweet Chestnut (Castanea sativa), Sessile Oak (Quercus petraea), Holm Oak (Quercus ilex), Wych Elm (Ulmus glabra), birches (Betula spp.), cherries (Prunus spp.)
Flying: One generation, May-August
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Nationally Scarce B


Open woodland, parks and hedgerows.

Regional Information

Recorded in 12 (4.4%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in August 2023

Recorded date range (Adult): 26 May to 06 August

Recorded date range (Pupa): 25 May to 25 May

Nationally Scarce B

Larva Type:
brown, grey, white
No. of Proleg Pairs: