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  69.009 BROAD-BORDERED BEE HAWK MOTH (Hemaris fuciformis) Linnaeus  

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PICTURE: BC Garden at Chamber's Wood, Bardney, Lincolnshire, July 2014.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: Moths of this species are distributed over the southern half of Britain. They are very local and often scarce.

 

WING SPAN: 46 to 52mm.                                             STATUS: Resident.

FLIGHT PERIOD: The adult moths are usually single brooded and fly in May and June. Some times in hot summers there can be a partial second brood , these moths fly in August. Bee Hawks fly during the day time in sunshine, and feed on various flowers such as Bugle, Honeysuckle and Ragged Robin.

LARVAL PERIOD: Caterpillars can be found during July and August feeding on wild Honeysuckle and Bedstraw. Pupation takes place in the late summer or early autumn, and adult moths emerge in late summer, or spring of the following year.

HABITAT: They inhabit flowery places with an abundance of Honeysuckle and nectar bearing flowers.

FOOD PLANT/S: Wild Honeysuckle.                                           

SIMILAR SPECIES:  The Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk Moth is very similar .

       
               
             
               
             
 

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