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Hornet moth Found this beauty some time back on a populus tree, close to my house.<br />
note: the leaf is not a populusleaf. Geotagged,Hornet moth,Netherlands,Sesia apiformis,Summer Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Hornet moth

Found this beauty some time back on a populus tree, close to my house.
note: the leaf is not a populusleaf.

    comments (5)

  1. Excellent, what a find! Posted 2 months ago
  2. Niiiiceee! Posted 2 months ago
  3. What a beauty! I have never seen it before! Posted 2 months ago
    1. Thnx Marta, there has to be a first time for everything. Posted 2 months ago
  4. So awesome! Posted 2 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 Paul Dirksen
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By Paul Dirksen

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Uploaded Mar 13, 2020. Captured Jul 5, 2009 11:56 in Kanaal Noord 1, 3961 MZ Wijk bij Duurstede, Netherlands.
  • SP570UZ
  • f/3.5
  • 10/500s
  • ISO125
  • 9.77mm