Sesiidae: Sesiinae

04070 Six-belted Clearwing Bembecia ichneumoniformis, ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

BF0382 (ABH52.014)

Mesta river valley, SW Bulgaria
Mesta river valley, SW Bulgaria
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Mesta river valley, SW Bulgaria
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies

General Information

This species has six yellow bands on the abdomen and orange scales on tip of central bar of forewing which are diagnostic.


The larvae spend most of their time in the roots of the food plant.


Pheromone attractants: api.

Moth activity times: 8:00-18:30, peak 9:00-13:00.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a larva.
Flies during the day

Forewing length: 9-12mm.
Foodplant(s): Common Bird's-foot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus), Kidney Vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria), Horseshoe Vetch (possibly) (Hippocrepis comosa)
Flying: One generation, June-August
UK Presence: Resident
National status:


Coastal grassland, embankments, quarries, cliffs, etc, mainly chalk or limestone.

Regional Information

Recorded in 2 (0.1%) of the 1900 10km squares of Bulgaria.

Last recorded in June 2012

Recorded date range (Adult): 29 June to 30 June

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