The Moths of Suffolk
1983 Broad-bordered Bee Hawk-moth, Hemaris fuciformis, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Notable Nb

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local, found mainly in the heathland areas of the county

Habitats : Grassland, heathland, open woodland, scrub

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-May to late July. Reported occasional partial second brood August to September

Larval foodplants : Wild Honeysuckle

Morley's Final Catalogue : Sylvan places in late May; scattered throughout the County and gregarious, but never common. Rare in Assington Thicks (Ransom). Bentley Woods (Harwood, Hkg), sometimes not very uncommon at Scylla-flowers, e.g. five taken on 27 May and two on 5 June 1901 (Platten), at bugle and pink-campion whereat five were hovering on 9 June 1926 (Vinter), in which and the preceding year it was in greater numbers there than since 1893 (Mly). Hollesley (D); Aldeburgh (Hele, 1870,185); Dunwich Hkr); singly at Fritton in May 1933-4 (Gd). Ringshall by Baker, and a larva at Stowmarket on 30 June 1856 (Nat. vii, 274) ; three hovering round Ajuga reptans in Fakenham Wood in early June, 1857 (W. H. Tillett, Ent. Wk. Intell. ii, 93); Monks-park Wood in Whelnetham (Wrt) and two in May 1935 (D). larvae found on honeysuckle at Tuddenham (Norgate). Newmarket (Brown); Eriswell in 1936 (Gd).

Bloomfield's Lepidoptera : Local and somewhat rare. Stowmarket, Nat. Newmarket, T & J.B. Monk Park Wood, A.H.W. Bentley, W. H. Aldborough, N.F.H. Dunwich G.A.H. "The pupa which is a dusky purple is enclosed in a slight cocoon amongst moss or roots of grass." - H.H.C.

Wingspan details : Forewing 20-24mm, Wingspan 46-52mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultNarrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth, Hemaris tityus

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Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2002) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Larva - Lakenheath (23.vi.2003) © A Prichard
Feeding signs - Lakenheath (23.vi.2003) © A Prichard
Found on low growing Honeysuckle - Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2004) © N Sherman
 
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found on Honeysuckle - Ipswich, Suffolk (10.vi.2012) © Neil Sherman
Early instar larval feeding sign - Lakenheath, Suffolk (23.vi.2012) © A Prichard
Early instar larval feeding sign - Lakenheath, Suffolk (23.vi.2012) © A Prichard
 
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Example of plant used by larva - Lakenheath, Suffolk (23.vi.2012) © A Prichard
Example of plant used by larva - Rendlesham, Suffolk (28.vi.2012) © A Prichard
Example of plant used by larva - Westleton, Suffolk (1.vii.2012) © A Prichard
 
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Example of plant used by larva - Westleton, Suffolk (1.vii.2012) © A Prichard
Lakenheath, Suffolk (8.vii.2012) © A Prichard
Iken Cliff, Suffolk (4.vii.2013) © Paul Kitchener
 
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Ex larva found on Honeysuckle growing up garden fence in 2012 - Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2013) © Neil Sherman
Ex larva found on Honeysuckle growing up garden fence in 2012 - Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2013) © Neil Sherman