Six-belted Clearwing, attracted to API lure in central Leicester 25th June 2003
I last used any clearwing lures in 2005, but it's back to 2003 when I first tried a few different combinations and sites trying to find different species. This year I've acquired a fresh full set which now comprises 10 lures (back then there were only 6).
The lures are simply small rubber bungs impregnated with a synthetic pheromone emulating certain clearwing species. The set I got also included 1 small plastic vial instead of a bung - sure they all work the same.
Preparing them for use is easy..
Clockwise from top left: the lures come in individually sealed bags, what the lure looks like, a bit of string and fine mesh netting, home-made labels. This should be worthy of a Blue Peter Badge.
Once assembled, the lure is ready to be hung from or pegged onto a suitable branch, twig or prop.
When they are not in use, keeping them in a sealed box in the freezer extends their useful life to c2yrs. This year I am hoping to re-find Six-belted, Yellow-legged and Red-tipped, and also to finally see Currant and Red-belted. Orange-tailed has also been recorded once in the county, so I'll be looking for that. Large Red-belted does not respond as enthusiastically as other species, and Lunar Hornet does not respond at all to the lures. On the complete outside chance, bagging the first Raspberry, White-barred or Welsh for VC55 would be nice.
All we need now is some warm sunshine and free time ......
Yellow-legged Clearwing, attracted to VES lure at Bradgate Park 24th June 2003
Red-tipped Clearwing, attracted to FOR lure at Misterton Marsh 19th June 2005