Narrow-Bordered Bee Hawk-Moth
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.
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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