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Narrow-Bordered Bee Hawk-Moth

hemaris tityus

The Narrow-Bordered Bee Hawk-Moth is a bumble-bee mimic, with its furry abdomen and preference for flying by day. The name hemaris comes from the Greek hemera, meaning 'the day.' It is nationally scarce, a UK priority species and an unusual find in the East Midlands.


The Bee Hawk-Moth is usually seen hovering to feed at flowers such as bugle, lousewort and marsh thistle. It is a powerful flier and can cover large distances at speed. The moth can be distinguished by two blackish bands on its abdomen, partly obscured by golden hairs.

Narrow-bordered bee hawk-moth
1913 bee hawk-moth lithograph
1913 bee hawk-moth lithograph

The caterpillars feed in the summer, mainly on Devil's-bit Scabious, but also on Small Scabious. The pupa then overwinters, the moth finally emerging in late spring.

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