By Joseph Attfield, Farm Wilder
Bee hawk-moths: 101
- Called a bee hawk-moth because it looks like a bumble bee, but these moths are larger, more powerful and more agile fliers.
- Latin name: Hemaris tityus
- Hovers beside flowers using its long tongue to drink nectar, like the better known migratory hummingbird hawk-moth.
- The adult moth is on the wing in May, the caterpillars feeds from June to August, and the remaining 9 months of the year is spent as a pupa hidden underground.
- Britain is also home to the equally scarce broad-bordered bee hawk-moth, which lives in woodland clearings where its caterpillars eat honeysuckle leaves. It’s most commonly recorded further east, in Lincolnshire and East Anglia.