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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 40 (29%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1901.
Last Recorded in 2018.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 15-19mm
Flight: July - August
Foodplant:   Sallows, willows
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
08/11/2018+VC36 - HerefordshireSO62 -
11/07/20181VC37 - WorcestershireSO85 -
04/07/20181VC37 - WorcestershireSO85 -
30/06/2018+VC36 - HerefordshireSO34
30/11/2017+VC36 - HerefordshireSO62 -

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