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Sesia bembeciformis (Hübner, [1806])

Lunar Hornet Moth
52.0030 (B&F: 371)

Synonym(s):
Sesia crabroniformis (Lewin, 1797)


»Suborder: Glossata
  »Superfamily: Cossoidea
    »Family: Sesiidae
      »Subfamily: Sesiinae
        »Tribe: Grapholitini

Resident. Adults are generally only occasionally noticed in the wild, but experiments with netted tree-trunks prove that they are common and sometimes perhaps even very common in its leading localities. Well distributed between Bexhill and Findon, and at Chichester and on Ashdown Forest, but apparently less so elsewhere. Single-brooded, flying mainly from late June to the third week of July. Larvae feed almost exclusively on the wood inside mature willows, including osier, but they have been discovered on sallow and poplar. (Pratt, 2011).

Sesia bembeciformis (Hübner, 1806)
Heathfield, 09 vii 2018
Photo: Ray Matsell
Sesia bembeciformis (Hübner, 1806)
Heathfield, 09 vii 2018
Photo: Ray Matsell
Sesia bembeciformis (Hübner, 1806)
Swanage, 13 vii 2019
Photo: David Foreman
Sesia bembeciformis (Hübner, 1806)
Woods Mill, 01 viii 2013
Photo: Graeme Lyons
Sesia bembeciformis (Hübner, 1806)
Wiston, 17 vii 2010
Photo: Tom Beach

Distribution at 1km scale

Phenology (adult)

Phenology (larval)

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