Main: (Sesiidae / Sesiinae)
52.002 [B&F: 0370] Hornet Moth (Sesia apiformis) (Clerck, 1759)

 

Notes: Nationally scarce (Nb) in parks, hedgerows, golf courses, quarries, fens and areas with scattered trees in central and southern England, though also recorded from Durham and north and south Wales; local in Ireland with scattered records from a few eastern and southern counties (MBGBI Vol 2). In Hampshire known from only a handful of sites, notably at Chilbolton, where known for many years. Not recorded from the Isle of Wight to date. Wingspan 33-46 mm. Day-flying. Mainly recorded in the larval form, but the early stages are difficult to find during the winter months and the species' true distribution remains largely unknown; attempts to synthesise an artificial pheromone have so far proved unsuccessful. Larva feeds within wood of Black Poplar and Poplar, over-wintering two or three times.

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Records Received By Year

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Percentage of Total Records

Total records
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Phenology - Adult Records

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Phenology - Larval Records

Max records: 1
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Distribution Map

Historical distribution at tetrad resolution
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Record Density

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Detail records

SiteVCQtyDateStage
1-km square SU40381201951Not recorded
1-km square SU41371201981Not recorded
Chilbolton12111/07/1966Adult
Chilbolton12129/06/1966Adult
Chilbolton12019/04/1986Emergence holes
Chilbolton1241982Adult
Chilbolton12007/1985Pupal
Chilbolton12106/1989Larval
Chilbolton12022/02/2010Larval
Chilbolton12203/07/2010Pupal
Forest Lodge garden centre12229/06/2008Exuvia
Hilsea11021/02/2008Emergence holes
SU43011961Not recorded
SU601111961Not recorded
The Moors, Bishop's Waltham11012/10/2008Nest
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