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National Status: Nb
Local Status: unknown
Local Record: See here for explanation
Flight time: see flight plot
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sorry, no pictures available for this species yet
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A local species confined to south-east England and East Anglia, the larva feeding for two or more years between the bark and the wood of mature poplar (Populus spp.), especially black poplar (Populus nigra) and aspen (Populus tremula) being located at the base of the trunk or in the roots. The Hornet prefers mature poplars that grow in isolated clumps or in rows, and, like other clearwing species, a single tree can contain many individuals. Small trees that host the species are often destroyed. Newly emerged moths may be found close to the protruding pupa case. The following record is unconfirmed, but the bright yellow 'saddle-bag' markings on the thorax of the moths were well described by J Lloyd the observer: Wareham, two moths paired at the base of a hybrid black-poplar (Populus nigra x deltoides) tree among a grove of poplars in July 2002.
Hill, L., 2013: Recent annual visits to the aforementioned poplar grove in Wareham failed to confirm the presence of Hornet Moth.