Bembecia ichneumoniformis

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"Six-belted clearwing" redirects here. For the other moth with this common name, see Bembecia scopigera.
Bembecia ichneumoniformis
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Sesiidae
Genus: Bembecia
Species: B. ichneumoniformis
Binomial name
Bembecia ichneumoniformis
([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
  • Sphinx ichneumoniformis Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775
  • Aegeria ichneumoniformis
  • Sphinx vespiformis Hübner, 1796 (nec Linnaeus, 1761)
  • Sphinx systrophaeformis Hübner, [1813]
  • Sphinx rhagioniformis Hübner, [1806]
  • Sesia palpina Dalman, 1816
  • Sesia statuiformis Freyer, 1836
  • Aegeria cryptiformis Walker, 1856
  • Sesia albanica Rebel, 1910
  • Bembecia scopigera (auct. non Scopoli, 1763)

Bembecia ichneumoniformis, the six-belted clearwing, is a moth of the Sesiidae family. It is found in most of Europe and Asia Minor, the Caucasus, northern Iran and the Near East.[1]

Illustration from John Curtis's British Entomology Volume 5

The wingspan is 15–21 millimetres (0.59–0.83 in). Adults are on wing from June to August in western Europe. It is a day-flying species.

The larvae feed on the roots of Lotus species and Anthyllis vulneraria.[2] Other recorded food plants include Lotus corniculatus, Ononis spinosa, Dorycnium pentaphyllum, Dorycnium germanicum, Dorycnium herbaceum, Dorycnium hirsutum, Medicago, Hippocrepis comosa, Lupinus polyphyllus, Tetragonolobus maritimus and Lathyrus pratensis.


  1. ^ "Bembecia ichneumoniformis". Fauna Europaea. 2.6.2. August 29, 2013. Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Six-belted Clearwing". Retrieved September 9, 2010.