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Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth
Hemaris tityus

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1982 / 69.008
Photo © Dave Williamson,  Powerstock Common, Dorset, VC9

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Yorkshire Status: Very rare and very local resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: A specimen of this species was observed both at rest and on the wing at High Batts Nature Reserve (VC64) on 13.6 and 21.6.1987 by S. P. Worwood (H&DNS Rep. 1987). There have been two other reports from the Harrogate District: one in Harrogate on 27.6.1986 by A. Mettam and one at Sutton Grange in 1987. However the insect did not settle on either occasion making a definite identification impossible. The High Batts record is the first confirmed County record since Porritt (1883-86) although there is the 'note' mentioned in the last list (YNU, 1970) of two at Helmsley (VC62) in 1944.

Current status (CHF, 2011): Last definite record in 1987 - there have been several unconfirmed recent reports of Hemaris Hawk-moths; none accompanied by a photo or specimen. There have been no recent records of Narrow-bordered in northern or eastern England and it may no longer occur in Yorkshire.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 5 (3%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1833.
Last Recorded in 2004.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 18-21mm
Flight: May - July
Foodplant:   Devil's-bit Scabious, Small and Field Scabious.
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
BAP Status: Priority Species
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
June 2004164SE16 - Pateley Bridge
26/06/1987165SE27 - Kirkby Malzeard
13/06/1987165SE27 - Kirkby Malzeard
1883+63SK38 - Sheffield
1883+62SE65 - York (E)
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