Prev Flights Rec Search
Lunar Hornet Moth
Sesia bembeciformis (Hübner, 1806)
Sesiidae: Sesiinae
371 / 52.003
Photo © Andy Bunting,  Sculthorpe Moor (Hawk and Owl Trust) 22/07/2011

View all 51 photos >

Similar Norfolk Species
Hornet Moth
Sesia apiformis
Forewing: 15-19mm.
Flight: July-Aug.
Foodplant:   Sallows, Willows.
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
Norfolk Status
Habitats where the foodplant occurs.
Similar to Hornet Moth, but smaller with black head and shoulders.

Up until 2020, adults were rarely recorded as no pheromone lure was available. In July 2020 a new lure (lun) became available and records have increased dramatically.

Adult moths can also be found by day in early mornings freshly emerged from Willow trunks.
Overwinters twice as larva.

There are records from a wide scatting of locations throughout the county, and could occur wherever there are reasonably long established sallows or osiers.

Pheromone attractants: lun (NEW in 2020!)
Pheromone activity times: Daytime
Anglian Lepidopterist Supplies

Please note: Hornet Moth (Sesia apiformis) is reported as also being attracted to the lun lure. Please check species identification carefully.

Recorded in 39 (53%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1874.
Last Recorded in 2022.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
27/06/2022427TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
27/06/2022127TG11 - Drayton/Swannington
26/06/2022227TG11 - Drayton/Swannington
26/06/2022127TG32 - Stalham/Catfield
25/06/2022127TG04 - Blakeney/Cley
Further info: Sesia bembeciformis
UK Moths
Mothdissection UK
Suffolk Moths
Cambs Moths Norfolk Moths (Full)
Back Record Home
iMoths V11.0 HD © Jim Wheeler 2022