June 27, 2023
Sesia apiformis, known as the hornet moth is actually (as you’d guess from the name) a true moth rather than a hornet.
Share this news

The NHBA has received a letter from Matt Scruton, Town Administrator for the Town of Rye, NH:

I thought you might be interested in these two unique mating moths that I saw on a tree in Rye last week, near the Rye Town Hall, after a resident claimed to have seen large “bees” on the tree.  I couldn’t identify them, so I took a picture of them (attached) and submitted the information to UNH Cooperative Extension via their online submission form for identification at    They identified them as Hornet Moths (Sesia Apiformis).  They are native to Europe and the Middle East and are much less common in North America.  This is only the second known occurrence of this non-native moth in New Hampshire and the first since 2020, according to the email below.  I had never seen one before so I thought I would let you know in case you receive any reports of large bees in the area, they may be Hornet Moths like these.

It's a good idea to familiarize ourselves with this species as it is just a matter of time when we start getting calls from concerned citizens.

Share this news
Related News


news and updates

July 24, 2023

USDA Offers Disaster Assistance for Producers Facing Inclement Weather

USDA offers bee farmers risk management and disaster assistance.
July 24, 2023

Message from the NH FSA State Executive Director

Beekeepers may be eligible for disaster relief
July 13, 2023

Help the bees by creating a bee watering station

Bees need water to regulate the temperature in the hive and to dilute honey for eating.
June 28, 2023

Our top ten things ANYONE can do to help save the bees

Managed honey bee colonies in New Hampshire face many challenges that affect the ability of a colony of bees to survive and reproduce.
June 22, 2023

The Bee Informed Partnership Releases its 2023 Loss & Management Survey results

United States Honey Bee Colony Losses 2022–23: Preliminary Results from the Bee Informed Partnership
April 25, 2023

World Bee Day May 20, 2023

By observing World Bee Day each year, we can raise awareness on the essential role bees and other pollinators play in keeping people and the planet healthy, and on the many challenges they face today.
February 5, 2021

Winter 2021 NHBA Research Notes

Winter 2021 NHBA Research Notes
March 14, 2023

Update on the 2020 Honey Bee Nutrition project

We need everyone and anyone (children too!) who wants to be a citizen scientist to please participate! We will be building a database for anyone to use to determine when to expect plants to bloom, what should be blooming now, etc.