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Hemaris tityus

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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Lepidoptera
Genus  Hemaris
Higher classification  Hemaris
Phylum  Arthropoda
Family  Sphingidae
Scientific name  Hemaris tityus
Rank  Species
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Similar  Hemaris, Sphingidae, Butterflies and moths, Hemaris fuciformis, Insect

Hemaris tityus

Hemaris tityus, the narrow-bordered bee hawk-moth, is a moth of the Sphingidae family which is native to the Palearctic.


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It 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.


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It appears in May and June and is a lively day-flier (unlike most other sphingids), generally active from mid-morning to mid-afternoon. It frequents marshy woodland and damp moorland, and 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).


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It is distinguished from H. fuciformis by the narrow band of scaling along the outer wing margin, and the forewing's undivided discal cell. It has a wingspan of 40–50 millimetres (1.6–2.0 in). It is one of two similar species of sphingid moth occurring in Britain that closely mimic a bumblebee.

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Hemaris tityus Wikipedia

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