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  Sesia bembeciformis (Lunar Hornet Moth)    Photo © Patrick Clement

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Diurnal mimics of Hymenoptera which are seldom seen as imagines. They are remarkable examples of mimicry, their resemblance in appearance to stinging wasps presumed to be a defence against avian predators.

Their larvae feed internally in the living wood or under the cambium of trees and shrubs and in the stems and roots of some herbaceous plants often giving little sign of their presence. They pupate within the larval tunnels often forming a thin cap of bark over the emergence hole.

Before the recent availability of pheromone lures to attract the males many species seemed very uncommon and most records required searching for larvae and rearing the imagines, which was both very time consuming and difficult. Since the use of pheromone lures some species have been discovered to be fairly common and widespread.

52.002 370 Hornet Moth
(Sesia apiformis)
52.003 371 Lunar Hornet Moth
(Sesia bembeciformis)
52.005 376 Welsh Clearwing
(Synanthedon scoliaeformis)
52.006 375 White-barred Clearwing
(Synanthedon spheciformis)
52.007 381 Large Red-belted Clearwing
(Synanthedon culiciformis)
52.008 380 Red-tipped Clearwing
(Synanthedon formicaeformis)
52.010 378 Orange-tailed Clearwing
(Synanthedon andrenaeformis)
52.011 379 Red-belted Clearwing
(Synanthedon myopaeformis)
52.012 374 Yellow-legged Clearwing
(Synanthedon vespiformis)
52.013 373 Currant Clearwing
(Synanthedon tipuliformis)
52.014 382 Six-belted Clearwing
(Bembecia ichneumoniformis)

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