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Sesia apiformis - Female in copula  Clearwing moths,Geotagged,Hornet moth,Lepidoptera,Netherlands,Sesia,Sesia apiformis,Sesiidae Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

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  1. Astonishing mimicry on this most handsome moth couple. Posted 11 months ago
    1. Yes, I remember a discussion some 10 years ago when someone said they had seen a "huge hornet" and I worked out that it most probably must have been this, but I had never seen the species myself, until this couple last week. Very impressive! :o) Posted 11 months ago
  2. Fantastic find made even more awesome by those pretty lichens! Posted 11 months ago
  3. Incredible moth! Posted 11 months ago

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The hornet moth or hornet clearwing is a large moth native to Europe and the Middle East and has been introduced to North America. Its protective coloration is an example of Batesian mimicry, as its similarity to a hornet makes it unappealing to predators. The hornet moth has been linked to the large dieback of poplar trees across Europe because its larvae bore into the trunk of the tree before re-emerging as adults.

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by Pudding4brains
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By Pudding4brains

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Uploaded Jun 26, 2019. Captured Jun 22, 2019 11:00 in Vreugderijkerweg 11, 8042 PT Zwolle, Netherlands.
  • FinePix S5800 S800
  • f/13.6
  • 1/388s
  • ISO100
  • 12.7mm