Hemaris tityus, the narrow-bordered bee hawk-moth has a wide range, from Ireland across temperate Europe to the Ural Mountains, western Siberia, Novosibirsk and the Altai. It is also known from the Tian Shan eastwards across Mongolia to north-eastern China and southwards to Tibet. There is a separate population found from Turkey to northern Iran.
It appears in May and June and is a lively day-flier (unlike most other sphingids), generally active from mid-morning to mid-afternoon. 'Hemaris' comes from the Greek Hemera, which means 'the day'.
It frequents marshy woodland and damp moorland, and has a wide distribution across temperate Europe and Western Asia, but is generally quite scarce.
It is one of two similar species of sphingid moth occurring in Britain that closely mimic a bumblebee. It is distinguished from Hemaris fuciformis by the narrow band of scaling along the outer wing margin and the presence of the undivided forewing cell.
- Hemaris tityus, European Butterflies and Moths
- Description in Richard South The Moths of the British Isles
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