Sesiidae: Sesiinae

04030 Hornet Moth Sesia apiformis, (Clerck, 1759)

BF0370 (ABH52.002)


General Information

This moth is as large as a true Hornet, but is yellower and lacks the wasp-waist.


Searches for exit holes and old cocoons can be done any time of the year.


Adults can be found at rest on Poplar trunks after emergence, usually early morning, on cool, cloudy days. (7am - 8.30am).


Pheromone attractants: api New: hor

Moth activity times: 07:30-10:30.


Overwinters as a larva, at least twice just beneath the bark of the food plants.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a larva.
Flies during the day

Forewing length: 17-21mm.
Foodplant(s): Black Poplar (Populus nigra), Aspen (Populus tremula), poplars (Populus spp.)
Flying: One generation, mid June-August
UK Presence: Resident
National status:


Open woodland, parks, poplar plantations.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Bulgaria.

Similar Species
Lunar Hornet Moth Sesia bembeciformis

Larva Type:
yellow, white, brown
No. of Proleg Pairs: