Sphingidae: Macroglossinae

1982 (ABH69.008) Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth Hemaris tityus, (Linnaeus, 1758)


Bulgaria, June 2005
Bulgaria, June 2005
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Bulgaria, June 2005
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies

General Information

Pupates in leaf litter or loose soil.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.
Flies during the day

Forewing length: 18-21mm.
Foodplant(s): Devil's-bit Scabious (Succisa pratensis), Small Scabious (Scabiosa columbaria), Field Scabious (Knautia arvensis)
Flying: One generation, mid May-early July
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Nationally Scarce B


Unimproved grassland, acid pastures, marshy woodland and damp moorland.

Regional Information

Recorded in 4 (1.5%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in May 1894

Recorded date range (Adult): 16 May to 16 May

Similar Species
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Broad-bordered Bee Hawk-moth Hemaris fuciformis
Freudenstadt, Germany, August 2013
Freudenstadt, Germany, August 2013
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Hummingbird Hawk-moth Macroglossum stellatarum

Nationally Scarce B

Larva Type:
With lumps, bumps or horn(s)
Green, brown, purple
No. of Proleg Pairs: