Closely mimicking a bumblebee in appearance, Hemaris tityus
is one of two similar species occurring in Britain. It is also known as the Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth.
It appears in May and June and is a lively day-flier (unlike most other sphingids), generally active from mid-morning to mid-afternoon.
Frequenting marshy woodland and damp moorland, it has a wide distribution across temperate Europe and Western Asia, but is generally quite scarce.
The larvae feed on devil's-bit scabious (Succisa pratensis) and field scabious (Knautia arvensis).
Wingspan 40-50 mm.
- Factsheet by Butterfly Conservation