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52.003 ~ 371 ~ Lunar Hornet Moth ~ Sesia bembeciformis
UK Status

Resident. Common

Montgomeryshire Status

First recorded from Pontrobert in 2011 (pics below). Probably overlooked due to its secretive life style.

Wingspan :  M & F, 32-44mm.

Confusion species

Hornet Moth.
Flight time (Montgomeryshire)


Can be found in any habitat where the foodplant grows.


The lower trunk and upper roots of willows, sallows and poplars.

Lifestage data

Overwinters probably twice as a larva.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by TS, 5th July 2011, Pontrobert

Photo by TS, 5th July 2011, Pontrobert