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Hornet moth

Observed: 16th July 2009 By: Rob ColemanInvertebrates expert
Hornetmoth pupa

I'd found pupal cases for Hornet moth sticking out from the base of a poplar near my house last year. This time I found the moth as well! I think this one is a female

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Hornet moth

Amazing how some harmless animals so closely resemble dangerous ones. They have all the protection from predation without having to waste energy producing a sting, nasty tasting chemicals etc. This is known as Batesian mimicry, I call it cheating!

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Wow! What a terrific thing to

Wow! What a terrific thing to find! Do the larvae live in poplar wood?

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Yes - the female lays her

Yes - the female lays her eggs around the base of poplars and the larvae hatch out and burrow their way into the wood where they live for a year or two before pupating. Its well worth looking for the exit holes around the bases of trees - I think with its short flight season and mimicry this is probably an under-recorded insect!


Rob Coleman