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Hornet Moth pair

Observed: 29th June 2008 By: RHomanRHoman’s reputation in InvertebratesRHoman’s reputation in InvertebratesRHoman’s reputation in InvertebratesRHoman’s reputation in InvertebratesRHoman’s reputation in Invertebrates
A pair of Hornet Moths
Description:

Further to:
http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/20908
here are the adult moths found by chance in a hawthorn bush sandwiched between 2 large hybrid poplars by the R Severn

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

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dshubble's picture

hornet moths

Quality shot - and rarely seen!

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Re: hornet moths

Thanks for the comment. A bit of luck involved here. I had seen a single moth the previous day at 9.45 am and had taken it home to photograph. Returning it I found the pair at 9.30 am. Both times are roughly in the middle of the optimum time for emergence which is given as between 7 and 11 am. BUT, in on the 5 July last year I found 2 females flying around the bases of hybrid poplars at 4.00pm - they had not read the books.
So spend the winter surveying poplar trunks, note the location of holey ones, choose a sunny day next June (2nd half), visit the trees and bingo....

Robert Homan