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Hornet Moth
Sesia apiformis (Clerck, 1759)
Sesiidae: Sesiinae
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Photo © Mike Ottley And Jackie Welton,  26/06/08

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Lunar Hornet Moth
Sesia bembeciformis
Forewing: 17-21mm.
Flight: Mid June-July (Aug)
Foodplant:   Black-poplar, Aspen, other poplars
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
Norfolk Status
As large as a true Hornet, but yellower and lacks the wasp-waist.
Overwinters two or three times as larva.
Open woodland, parks, poplar plantations.

Considered a common and widespred species in Norfolk. Searching by looking for exit holes and old cocoons can be done any time of the year. Adults can be found at rest on Poplar trunks after emergence, usually early morning, on cool, cloudy days. (7am - 8.30am)

Pheromone attractants: hor or api
Pheromone activity times: 7:30-10:30.
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Recorded in 55 (80%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1874.
Last Recorded in 2021.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
27/07/2021127TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
23/07/2021327TM27 - Wymondham/Cringleford
20/07/2021128TF81 - Castle Acre/Litcham
20/07/2021127TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
18/07/2021128TF81 - Castle Acre/Litcham
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