Heterosphecia tawonoides Kallies, 2003



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: 1887

Rediscovered in 2013 (Volponi & Volponi, 2017)



Sumatra, Indonesia & Malaysia


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Kallies, A. (2003). Three new species of Heterosphecia Le Cerf, 1916, from the Oriental Region (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae, Sesiinae). Entomologische Zeitschrift 113(2): 34-37.


Other references:

Molyneaux, Andrea. (2023). The re-discovery in Sumatra of a rarely seen moth, Heterosphecia tawonoides, and its identification using citizen science platform iNaturalist. Indonesian Journal of Applied Environmental Studies 4(1): 39-45.

Volponi, Marta A. Skowron and Volponi, Paolo. (2017). A 130-Year-Old Specimen Brought Back to Life: A Lost Species of Bee-Mimicking Clearwing Moth, Heterosphecia tawonoides (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae: Osminiini), Rediscovered in Peninsular Malaysia’s Primary Rainforest. Tropical Conservation Science 10: 1-7.


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