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

 

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

% of total records
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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

SiteDateQuantityRecorderStage
VC0 null
(SU43)1961oneBRC-
VC11 South Hampshire
(SU60)1961oneBRC-
Hilsea, Portsmouth (SU60)21-Feb-2008-Langmaid, JR; Sterling, PH; Thirlwell, IREmergence holes
The Moors NR, Bishop's Waltham (SU51)12-Oct-2008-Budd, PANest
VC12 North Hampshire
(SU43)1951---
Chilbolton (SU43)29-Jun-1966oneFfennell, DWHAdult
Chilbolton (SU43)11-Jul-1966oneFfennell, DWHAdult
(SU43)1981---
Chilbolton (SU43)1982fourSimson, ECLAdult
Chilbolton (SU43)01-Jul-1985-Pickles, AJPupal
Chilbolton (SU43)19-Apr-1986-Langmaid, JR; Pelham-Clinton, EC; Sterling, DHEmergence holes
Chilbolton (SU43)01-Jun-1989onePickles, AJLarval
Forest Lodge (SU84)29-Jun-2008twoDavis, AMExuvia
Chilbolton (SU43)22-Feb-2010-Green, DGLarval
Chilbolton (SU43)03-Jul-2010twoGreen, DGPupal

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