The Moths of Suffolk
1982 Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth, Hemaris tityus, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Notable Na

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Rare, currently known from a single site

Habitats : Unimproved grassland, lightly grazed chalk grassland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-May to June. The few Suffolk records of adults have been made during late May

Larval foodplants : Devil's-bit Scabious, less frequently Field Scabious and Small Scabious

Morley's Final Catalogue : Unaccountably and excessively local. Rare about Stowmarket, and taken by Mr. W. Baker at Ringshall (The Naturalist, vii, 1857, 274); Raydon (Bloomfield, in errore ?); Tuddenham (Wrt, Brown), where the larvae are often quite common on scabious (Sparke, 1904). Several to south of Thetford in 1936 (Btn).

Bloomfield's Lepidoptera : Local and rare. Stowmarket and Raydon, Nat. Tuddenham, A.H.W. and T. & J.B.

Wingspan details : Forewing 18-21mm, Wingspan 41-46mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultBroad-bordered Bee Hawk-moth, Hemaris fuciformis

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