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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jul-Aug.

Forewing: 15-19mm.

Foodplant: Sallows, Willows.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041883188318831883
Year last recorded20112014201420132005
Number of records181055363
Number of individuals22326540
Unique positions13841283
Unique locations14841293
Adult records1683882
Immature records007211

For the county, we have a total of 122 records from 95 sites. First recorded in 1883.


52.003 Lunar Hornet Moth 04
© Andy Nunn
52.003 Lunar Hornet Moth 03
© Damian Money
52.003 Lunar Hornet Moth 02
© Damian Money
52.003 Lunar Hornet Moth 01
© Ian Andrews

Species Account

Does not react to pheromone lures.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: The most common species of clearwing in Yorkshire, most records come from VC63 where it would appear to be fairly frequent in open woodlands, commons and low moorland areas. Records are shown from all five vice-counties on map 195 in MBGBI 2, but the only VC65 record known is that listed in Porritt (1883-86), from Richmond. P.Q. Winter reports this species is most common in almond willow, less common in sallow and occasional in hybrid poplar species.

2012 (CHF): The commonest and most widespread clearwing. Most records are of larval tunnels in cut sallow stumps though it is sometimes encountered in the daytime. The males do not come strongly to pheromone lures unlike other clearwings. There are no recent records from VC62.

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