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Hornet Moth: Sesia apiformis

Sunday, 24 Jun 12 Partly Sunny 21°C / 70°F

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I am so in awe right now. Today I found this beautiful creature dozing on a lamppost just as I was walking out of work. At the time I was fooled by its impeccable imitation into thinking it was a hornet. Hornets are rarely seen, so an interesting photo opportunity. When I got home I asked an expert to identify it and he knew it instantly as Sesia apiformis – the day-flying Hornet Moth. It’s a real rarity in this country!
It’s a moth… and not a hornet. I can’t get over it. …although now I know, those antennae are a giveaway.

1, 2 & 3: Hornet Moth: Sesia apiformis
4: Ants in a foxglove flower that’s about to fall off.
5: My taro (Colocasia esculenta) again! I’m super excited.


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  • Fhaith

    Fhaith wrote:

    This is amazing! I’ve never seen one before! Thankful you had your camera!

    Posted on 25 Jun 12 (almost 3 years ago)

  • rosemarieGardener

    rosemarieGardener wrote:

    I could be fooled into thinking it was a hornet or yellow jacket. Nice milestone and images.

    Posted on 25 Jun 12 (almost 3 years ago)

  • sheepandwool

    sheepandwool wrote:

    Very cool. You have a really good eye to spot him way down there on the lamp post.

    Posted on 26 Jun 12 (almost 3 years ago)

  • Tralamander

    Tralamander wrote:

    Thank you all very much! :)
    sheepandwool, I have learned to spot wasps and wasp-like things so I can get the hell away from them. ;)

    Posted on 26 Jun 12 (almost 3 years ago)

  • Armorel

    Armorel wrote:

    Wow! What a fascinating beastie. I think I’ve seen something similar before but I shall certainly keep an eye open for one now I’ve seen your image :-)

    Posted on 28 Jun 12 (almost 3 years ago)

  • Ihadoneofthose

    Ihadoneofthose wrote:

    Wow, fab photos. Looks very beautiful love its wings.

    Posted on 29 Jun 12 (almost 3 years ago)

  • Tralamander

    Tralamander wrote:

    Thank you, Armorel and ihadoneofthose. I hope you guys get to see lots of exciting lepidoptera too. :)

    Posted on 30 Jun 12 (almost 3 years ago)

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