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Hornet Moth Sesia apiformis (Clerck, 1759)  
Status .....Extremely rare in Nottinghamshire, with just three known sites at the Nottingham University's Jubilee Campus. First discovered in 2015 by Jérémie Cauchois, this was the first county record since 1986 and numerous exit holes were subsequently found after the discovery at the base of several Poplar sp (Wright, S.). The moth has recently been found at the British Geological Survey offices at Keyworth and at Staunton Quarry NR and is likely awaiting discovery at other sites.   
Emergence holes on Poplar sp, photographed at Nottingham University's Jubilee Campus July 2020
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Hornet Moth  
Entrance to Nottingham University's Jubilee Campus. Hornet Moth exit holes were present at the base of a number of Poplar sp.
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2015). Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2020). Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2022).

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Updated September 2023

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