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Hornet Moth: Sesia apiformis

24 Jun 2012
Partly Sunny 21°C / 70°F

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.

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

Posted on 25 Jun 12 (about 3 years ago)

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

Posted on 25 Jun 12 (about 3 years ago)

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

Posted on 26 Jun 12 (about 3 years ago)
Tralamander

Tralamander

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United Kingdom8b

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 (about 3 years ago)
Armorel

Armorel

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United Kingdom10a

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 (about 3 years ago)

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

Posted on 29 Jun 12 (about 3 years ago)
Tralamander

Tralamander

Folia Helper

United Kingdom8b

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

Posted on 29 Jun 12 (about 3 years ago)

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