Sphingidae : Macroglossinae
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Photo © Neil Sherman,  Ex larva on Honeysuckle found 2017. Purdis Farm, Ipswich.

Immature stages

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Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth
Hemaris tityus
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Broad-bordered Bee Hawk-moth
Hemaris fuciformis

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1983 / 69.009

Morley's Final Catalogue: Sylvan places in late May; scattered throughout the County and gregarious but never common.

Recent Suffolk Status: Found mainly in the Sandlings and Breck areas with occasional records at other sites. Larvae and larval feeding signs (small holes either side of the mid-rib of Honeysuckle leaves) more easier to find than the adults.

Life history: Single brooded in early summer. Occasional later records of adults in recent times in warm years. Larval records mainly in the summer.

Identification: Similar to Narrow-bordered bee hawk but has much wider brown bands around the forewings and a thick brown band across the abdomen. Humming-bird hawk has fully scaled greyish forewings with no clear patches.

Habitats: Gardens, woodland rides, heathland, scrub.

Recorded in 29 (50%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1856.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
18/06/2023126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
18/06/2023225TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
11/06/2023126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
03/06/2023+25TM14 - Ipswich
04/07/2022325TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
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Forewing: 20-24mm.
Flight: One generation May-July.
Foodplant:   Honeysuckles and Snowberry
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult
Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2023. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2023. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2023
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