Sesiidae: Sesiinae

0371 (ABH52.003) Lunar Hornet Moth Sesia bembeciformis, (Hübner, [1806])

KR04032

 pre-2000
 2000-2009
 2010-2019
 2020-onwards


General Information

This species is similar to the Hornet Moth, but smaller with a black head and shoulders. The adults are rarely seen, as no pheromone lure is available, but they can be found early in the morning, newly emerged from Willow trunks.

 

Pheromone attractants: None

Moth activity times: 8:00-12:00.


Overwinters twice as larva. Feeds close to the ground in the first year moving higher in the second year.


Forewing length: 15-19mm.
Foodplant(s): sallows (Salix spp.), willows (Salix spp.)
Flying: One generation, July-August
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Regional Information

Recorded in 11 (4.1%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in July 2016

Recorded date range (Adult): 26 June to 20 July

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 05 April to 21 April

Similar Species
Eynesbury
Eynesbury
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Hornet Moth Sesia apiformis


Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Wrinkled
Colours:
yellow, white, brown
No. of Proleg Pairs:
5