Bembecia ichneumoniformis
The Six-belted Clearwing (Bembecia ichneumoniformis) is a moth
A moth is an insect closely related to the butterfly, both being of the order Lepidoptera. Moths form the majority of this order; there are thought to be 150,000 to 250,000 different species of moth , with thousands of species yet to be described...

 of the Sesiidae
The Sesiidae or clearwing moths are family of the Lepidoptera in which the wings partially have hardly any of the normal lepidopteran scales, leaving them transparent. The bodies are generally striped with yellow, red or white, sometimes very brightly, and they have simple antennae...

 family. It is found in most of Europe
Europe is, by convention, one of the world's seven continents. Comprising the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, Europe is generally 'divided' from Asia to its east by the watershed divides of the Ural and Caucasus Mountains, the Ural River, the Caspian and Black Seas, and the waterways connecting...

 and Asia Minor
Asia Minor
Asia Minor is a geographical location at the westernmost protrusion of Asia, also called Anatolia, and corresponds to the western two thirds of the Asian part of Turkey...

, the Caucasus
The Caucasus, also Caucas or Caucasia , is a geopolitical region at the border of Europe and Asia, and situated between the Black and the Caspian sea...

, northern Iran
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 and the Near East
Near East
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The wingspan
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 is 15-21 mm. 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
Lotus (genus)
Lotus is a genus that includes bird's-foot trefoils and deervetches and contains many dozens of species distributed world-wide. Depending on the taxonomic authority, roughly between 70 and 150 are accepted. Lotus is a genus of legume and its members are adapted to a wide range of habitats, from...

species and Anthyllis vulneraria
Anthyllis vulneraria
Anthyllis vulneraria is a medicinal plant native to Europe. The name vulneraria means "wound healer".-Description:...

. Other recorded foodplants include Lotus corniculatus
Lotus corniculatus
Lotus corniculatus is a common flowering plant native to grassland temperate Eurasia and North Africa. The common name is Bird's-foot Trefoil , though the common name is often also applied to other members of the genus...

, Ononis spinosa
Ononis spinosa
Ononis spinosa is a plant belonging to the family Fabaceae, that is commonly known as spiny restharrow or just restharrow. It is found throughout much of Europe but seldom as far north as Scotland.-External links:*...

, Dorycnium pentaphyllum
Dorycnium pentaphyllum
Dorycnium pentaphyllum, common name: Prostrate Canary Clover, is a herbaceous perennial plant belonging to the genus Dorycnium of the Fabaceae family. The specific Latin name pentaphyllum derives from the greek pénte meaning five and phýllon meaning leaf, referred to the shape of the...

, Dorycnium germanicum, Dorycnium herbaceum, Dorycnium hirsutum
Dorycnium hirsutum
Dorycnium hirsutum, common name: Hairy Canary Clover, is a perennial plant belonging to the genus Dorycnium of the Fabaceae family.-Description:...

, Medicago
Medicago is a genus of flowering plants, commonly known as medick or burclover. The name is based on Latin medica 'alfalfa, lucerne,' from 'Median .'...

, Hippocrepis comosa, Lupinus polyphyllus
Lupinus polyphyllus
Lupinus polyphyllus is a species of lupine native to western North America from southern Alaska and British Columbia east to Alberta and western Wyoming, and south to Utah and California...

, Tetragonolobus maritimus and Lathyrus pratensis.

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