Sesiidae : Sesiinae
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Hornet Moth
Sesia apiformis
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Lunar Hornet Moth
Sesia bembeciformis

(Hübner, 1806) 371 / 52.003

A resident, generally distributed across the region. The introduction of a pheromone lure in 2020 has greatly altered our knowledge of its abundance. It has been found to be much commoner and widespread than once thought.

Larvae are found in the living wood of a variety of willow species.

Rarely seen but comes readily to the new pheromone lure.

Note Similar to Hornet Moth but distinguished by its black shoulder patches and head and yellow collar.

Recorded in 44 (31%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1901.
Last Recorded in 2020.
(Data up to end 2020)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 15-19mm
Flight: July - August
Foodplant:   Sallows, willows
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2020)
Date#VC10k Area
22/07/20201VC36 - HerefordshireSO55
21/07/20201VC36 - HerefordshireSO74
19/07/20202VC36 - HerefordshireSO75
19/07/20203VC36 - HerefordshireSO75
18/07/20202VC36 - HerefordshireSO65

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