Sesiidae: Sesiinae

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



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 18 (6.7%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in June 2023

Recorded date range (Adult): 17 June to 23 July

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

Similar Species
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Hornet Moth Sesia apiformis

Larva Type:
yellow, white, brown
No. of Proleg Pairs: