Hornet Moth - Sesia apiformis


    Wingspan 33 to 48 mm. Rather similar to the Lunar Hornet Moth, this species can easily be distinguished by the yellow head and tegulae.

    Identification difficulty

    Around Poplars.

    When to see it

    The moths emerge in June and July, and can be found low down on the trunks in early to mid morning.

    Life History

    The larvae burrow into the wood of Black Poplar (Populus nigra), and other species of Poplar.

    UK Status

    It has a southerly distribution, rarely being encountered north of the Midlands. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as Nationally Scarce B.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional or little recorded in Leicestershire & Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).

    52.002 BF370

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map