Elephant Hawk Moth

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Sesia bembeciformis Lunar Hornet Moth

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55 records (68+ individuals)
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Date Site OS Grid Ref Stage Quantity Comment
30 Jun 2018 Woolston Eyes SJ6788 Adult 1 SJ670888 caught in a mist net by Kieran Foster, about 20 yards away from lwhere he caught one last year
27 Jun 2018 Circular Drive, Greasby SJ258874 Adult 1 Also new holes and pupal case. Most reliable site in the county for this species Common
24 Jun 2018 Circular Drive, Greasby SJ258874 Adult 1 Most reliable site in the county for this species Common
05 Jul 2017 Circular Drive, Greasby SJ258874 Adult 2
02 Jul 2017 Circular Drive, Greasby SJ258874 Pupal exuviae 1
30 Jun 2017 Circular Drive, Greasby SJ258874 Adult 1 also two pupal exuviae. Most regular site for the species in VC58
24 Jun 2017 Woolston Eyes SJ6487 Adult 1 grid reference not provided, photo posted on Facebook by David Bowman, caught by Kieran Foster
08 Jul 2016 Circular Drive, Greasby SJ258874 Pupal 1
25 Jul 2015 Circular Drive, Greasby SJ258874 Pupal exuviae 1
30 Jun 2014 Circular Drive, Greasby SJ258874 Adult 1 and pupal case
12 Jun 2014 Moore Nature Reserve SJ5986 Adult 1 SJ590861. On osier near pond, Hare's Foot Meadow, photo on rECOrd Moth Forum posted 29/4/15
01 Jul 2012 Circular Drive, Greasby SJ258874 Adult 1+ Date is first recorded date of the year
30 Jun 2011 Circular Drive, Greasby SJ258874 Adult 1+ Fresh Larval Case on garden willow
09 Jul 2010 Marbury Country Park SJ653764 Adult 2 emerged from a log pile stacked under Rangers cabins, confirmed P M Hill
29 Jun 2008 Circular Drive, Greasby SJ258874 Pupal exuviae 3 well known breeding site with many previous records and photos.
27 Jun 2006 Tegg's Nose Country Park SJ9472 Adult 2 mating pair in quarry, photographed. This species is a good candidate for the creator of the longitudinal galleries previously found in willow stumps in the quarry.
2006 Circular Drive, Greasby SJ258874 Pupal exuviae 1+ not in original import but confirmed in body of email. confirmed pupal skins at known site on at least two occasions.
20 Jun 2005 Circular Drive, Greasby SJ258874 Pupal 1+ CONSIDERED AND ACCEPTED BY CMG PANEL MARCH 2006 Lunar Hornet Moth One new larval case
20 Jun 2005 Circular Drive, Greasby SJ258874 Adult 2 CONSIDERED AND ACCEPTED BY CMG PANEL MARCH 2006 Lunar Hornet Moth
19 Jun 2005 Circular Drive, Greasby SJ258874 Pupal exuviae 1+ CONSIDERED AND ACCEPTED BY CMG PANEL MARCH 2006 a single pupa case found at the usual site.
18 Jun 2005 Circular Drive, Greasby SJ258874 Pupal 1+ CONSIDERED AND ACCEPTED BY CMG PANEL MARCH 2006 Lunar Hornet Moth pupal case found
17 Jun 2005 Circular Drive, Greasby SJ258874 Adult 1 CONSIDERED AND ACCEPTED BY CMG PANEL MARCH 2006 a single female
01 Jul 2004 Circular Drive, Greasby SJ258874 Adult 1 CONSIDERED AND ACCEPTED BY CMG PANEL MARCH 2006 female noted egg laying on the underside of a willow leaf - 5 eggs noted after she let at around 15.50 hours.
22 Jun 2004 Circular Drive, Greasby SJ258874 Adult 1 CONSIDERED AND ACCEPTED BY CMG PANEL MARCH 2006 female noted egg laying on the underside of a willow leaf - 5 eggs noted after she let at around 15.50 freshly emerged male at 10.30am.hours.
19 Jun 2004 Circular Drive, Greasby SJ258874 Pupal exuviae 1+ CONSIDERED AND ACCEPTED BY CMG PANEL MARCH 2006, 4 pupal cases
2004 Thurstaston SJ2283 Larval 1 adult emerged 12/7/04, Rangers per PMH, LCES 129:57
29 Jun 2003 Circular Drive, Greasby SJ258874 Adult 5 CONSIDERED AND ACCEPTED BY CMG PANEL MARCH 2006 known site for this species visited today at the invitation of Les and his wife. he had retained a female that emerged that morning and we used this to attract a mate in. the female was photographed at 9.30am and a male was noted to have emerged from the 50+ year old sallow in the garden at approx 9.40am. this was so fresh it still has hairy like scales on the wings! these fell off when the male flapped his wings a little to warm up. by approx 10.30am the female was obviously 'calling' with her ovipositor extended and being twirled slowly round. at about this time a male was seen in flight (different to the male that had emerged that morning). then at 10.40am the female was placed upon the leaf on the sallow and almost immediately a male (which was slightly worn and therefore presumably a few days old - the genitalia parts must have to harden before being useable (slightly dodgy phraseology used here!) as the male that had emerged that morning showed no interest in mating and was released) came into view and started courting her. he acted in an almost bee-like manner shaking and crawling rapidly all over the female and attempted to mate quickly (the claspers could clearly be seen). unfortunately he fell off so we moved the female to a log which had been used for photography. the male then flew around me and eventually landed on my finger presumably as he could detect the scent on my hands as I had moved the female. he then found her and started the courting actions again and they eventually paired at or around 10.46am. they remained paired until at least 1.30pm when they separated and flew. at approx 3pm Les Hall noted a female (probably the same one) flying around the same sallow and laying eggs. contrary to what the literature says, the eggs were laid in small batches of 3/4 on the underside of leaves at the tip of the stem. LH actually saw the egg laying process and the eggs in situ. another male was found that had unfortunately not managed to inflate its wings properly. there were at least 20 pupal cases and this indicates a strong colony!
2002 Circular Drive, Greasby SJ258874 Adult 1+ Accepted by Cheshire Moth Group October 2002 seen during the day flying around an old willow tree. there is another record from this site from about 7 years ago for which a photo is in the annual report. I have entered this as a record for 1995. - confirmed G Lightfoot
1995 Circular Drive, Greasby SJ258874 Adult 1+ Accepted by Cheshire Moth Group October 2002 date approximate. photograph held. -
26 Feb 1994 Hartford SJ6371 Larval 1+ Hartford Bridge Picnic Site SJ638714, larval borings in cut branches and trunks
08 Jul 1988 Dibbins Hey, Poulton Lancelyn, Bebington SJ332825 Adult 2 pair, letter to CIR 14/7/1988, accepted by CMG panel March 2006
01 Jul 1986 Hazel Grove SJ9285 Adult 1+ Mrs C Doyle, 4 Lancaster Close, bred in Crack Willow stump
1980 Woodley SJ9392 Adult 1 once from sallow, Woodley school. CONSIDERED AND ACCEPTED BY CMG PANEL MARCH 2006
1979 Delamere Forest SJ5571 Adult 1 grid reference not provided. LCES 101-103:49
1949 Moreton SJ2489 Not recorded 1 Smith (1955), grid reference unknown, recorder W T Hollybrook in Smith (1950)
1948 Hoylake Langfields SJ2288 Adult 1+ common, grid reference unknown, Smith (1950)
1948 Wallasey SJ2792 Not recorded 1+ referred to as common. Smith (1955)
1945 Bromborough SJ3480 Pupal 2 hatched from willow, grid reference unknown, Smith (1948)
1934 Thurstaston SJ2283 Not recorded 1+ Smith (1955), grid reference unknown.
1930 Wilmslow SJ8381 Not recorded 1+ BRC Ref: V05_28971, Wilmslow in SJ88
1919 Wallasey SJ2792 Adult 1 Trochilium crabroniformis The Ent. 53:48. grid reference not provided. exhibited at the 20/10/1919 LCES meeting. Mansbridge (1920) occasional, Smith (1948)
1913 Brooklands SJ7890 Adult 1 Trochilium crabroniformis The Ent. 47:135, Mansbridge (1940)
1911 Stretton SJ6282 Not recorded 1+ undated ex L & C Nat 1911 Vol 3 p 350. Grid Reference unknown. Boyd (1951).
07 Jul 1904 Delamere Forest SJ5571 Adult 1 grid reference not provided.
1903 Wallasey SJ2792 Not recorded 1+ undated, Day (1903)
1903 Rock Ferry SJ3386 Not recorded 1+ undated, Day (1903)
1903 Bowdon SJ7587 Not recorded 1+ undated, Day (1903)
1903 Hale SJ7786 Not recorded 1+ undated, Day (1903)
1895 Danes Moss SJ9070 Adult 1 on osier, Ent., Vol, XXVIII., p. 267, Day (1903)
1893 Bidston SJ2889 Pupal 2 grid reference unknown, specimen(s) in the Grosvenor Museum, 'once in a sallow stem 3 feet long and 4 inches girth I counted 17 empty pupa cases in situ', Day (1903)
1886 Birkenhead SJ3288 Adult 1 Trochilium craboniformis. Several emerged from young Lombardy Poplars. date and grid reference not provided. Entom. 20:96-105
1885 Wirral SJ28 Not recorded 1+ common North Wirral. , Walker (1885), Day (1903), Smith (1948)
1885 Upton, Chester SJ4068 Not recorded 1+ undated, at Upton Nurseries near Chester, Walker (1885)
1885 Cheshire Unknown Not recorded 1+ East Cheshire, Walker (1885)
22 Jul 1869 Wallasey SJ2792 Adult 1 Newman's Entomologist 5:32ii-iii, grid reference not provided.


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