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

(Hübner, 1806) 371 / 52.003

Morley's Final Catalogue: Widely distributed in sallow-stumps, but much less prevalent than the last kind.

Recent Suffolk status: Formely only occasionally recorded, mainly as larvae/feeding signs in willow stumps. Now recorded more regularly by using the pheromone lure.

Life history: Single-brooded, flying in summer.

Identification: Similar to Hornet moth but differs from that species as it has a black head.

Habitats: Wet woodlands, Sallow carr.

Recorded in 27 (47%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1900.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
20/07/2023426TL75 - Wickhambrook
11/07/2023125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
25/06/2023125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
15/07/2022125TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
15/07/2022126TL84 - Sudbury/Glemsford
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Forewing: 15-19mm.
Flight: July-Aug.
Foodplant:   Sallows, Willows
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult
Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2023. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2023. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2023
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