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Lunar Hornet Moth
Sesia bembeciformis
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Hornet Moth
Sesia apiformis

(Clerck, 1759) 370 / 52.002

Scarce to uncommon resident, but widespread in the lower Severn Valley.

Found in parks, hedgerows, amenity plantings and fens.

The larvae found in the living wood of a variety poplar species where they may spend two or three years. They prefer older trees.

Can be found resting on tree trunks, often as a mating pair. Attracted to the HOR pheromone lure, usually in the morning.

Note Distinguished from Lunar Hornet Moth by bright yellow head and shoulder patches and black collar.

Verification Grade Comment: Ideally take a photo.

Recorded in 29 (21%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1853.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 17-21mm
Flight: Mid June - July (August)
Foodplant:   Black-poplar, Aspen, other poplars
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
20/07/20191VC36 - HerefordshireSO53
21/06/20191VC36 - HerefordshireSO53
20/06/20196VC37 - WorcestershireSO77
20/06/20195VC37 - WorcestershireSO77
09/07/2018+VC37 - WorcestershireSO94 -

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