Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth Hemaris tityus
Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth Hemaris tityus
Adult • Powerstock Common, Dorset • ©

69.008 BF1982
Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth Hemaris tityus

(Linnaeus, 1758)


Wingspan 37-42 mm.

Closely mimicking a bumblebee, this is one of two similar species occurring in Britain.

It appears in May and June and is a lively day-flier, visiting various flowers.

Frequenting marshy woodland and damp moorland, it has a wide distribution in Britain, but is generally quite scarce.

The larvae feed on devil's-bit scabious (Succisa pratensis) and field scabious (Knautia arvensis).
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