Noth­ing to fear from hor­net moth

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Business Kent Update -

My col­league Lee Mal­bon came across an in­sect on the side of some Sal­low bushes at Dun­geness, which he showed me a pic­ture of on his phone. It was a lu­nar hor­net moth.

They are quite im­pres­sive in­sects, and are ac­tu­ally a moth that mim­ics a hor­net in size and colour and jizz.

They have a big fat yel­low and black body, and the wings are trans­par­ent with a lovely orange wash to the edges.

They are in a group of moths called clear­wings.

Their eggs are laid on wil­low trunks, and the pu­pae feed on the wood within the trunk over two sea­sons and then burst out of the trunk of the sal­low or wil­low, leav­ing the pu­pae cas­ing be­hind dur­ing the early to mid sum­mer months.

They are quite a dif­fi­cult moth to find and are at­tracted to pheromones that are used for clear­wing species by at­tract­ing the males, but the ev­i­dence of the cater­pil­lars and the pupa cases stick­ing out of the trunks are eas­ier to find.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Owen Leyshon, Rom­ney Marsh Coun­try­side Part­ner­ship, tele­phone 01797 367934 or log on to www.rmcp.co.uk

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