Lunar Hornet Moth - Sesia bembeciformis


Wingspan 32 to 42 mm. One of several similar 'mimic' species, known as Clearwings, this is one of the largest.

Identification difficulty

Where willows are present.

When to see it

Best looked for in July, as the adults emerge and rest low down on the trunks of various willows.

Life History

The eggs are laid on the bark, and the larvae burrow into the wood, feeding internally.

UK Status

Widespread in Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and 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

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