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).

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

UK Map