Sesiidae: Sesiinae

0382 (ABH52.014) Six-belted Clearwing Bembecia ichneumoniformis, ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)


Swaddywell Pit
Swaddywell Pit
 Photo © Ian McLean
Swaddywell Pit
 Photo © Ian McLean
At pheromone lure
At pheromone lure
 Photo © Val Perrin
 Photo © Val Perrin
 Photo © Val Perrin
Ovipositing, Woodwalton Marsh
Ovipositing, Woodwalton Marsh
 Photo © Peter Bissell

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: Nationally Scarce B


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

Regional Information

Recorded in 25 (9.3%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in July 2023

Recorded date range (Adult): 02 June to 11 August

Nationally Scarce B

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