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Lunar Hornet Moth
Sesia bembeciformis

(Hübner, 1806) 371 / 52.003

Davey, P., 2009: A predominantly south of England species, the larva feeding for two years low down within the trunks and in the upper roots of mature sallow species (Salix spp.). The young larvae feed beneath the bark just below ground level, but later bore deeper into the host trunk creating a tunnel of up to 8mm diameter some 50mm above ground level. The presence of a colony is occasionally revealed by damage to the trunks caused by woodpeckers searching for larvae and pupae. The moth... Read More

Recorded in 15 (38%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1986.
Last Recorded in 2010.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 15-19mm
Flight: July - August
Foodplant:   Sallows, willows
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
01/08/201019SY78 - Broadmayne
25/07/2010+9SY58 Abbotsbury
26/06/2008+9ST50 - Halstock
21/03/2008109SZ09 - Poole
11/07/200719SY88 Wool / Lulworth

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