Hemaris tityus - Lot Moths and Butterflies - species in Las Descargues, the Lot, France
drawing of a moth

SPHINGIDAE

Macroglossinae

Catus, Lot, 22 July 2009
Hemaris tityus Adults in cop

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Hemaris tityus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Narrow-bordered Bee Hawkmoth
Le Sphinx bourdon

Wingspan: 38-44mm

A bivoltine species on the wing in May and June and again in August. An occasional visitor to Las Descargues but more often encountered at lower altitudes in the Lot. A species of unimproved pasture, heathland and calcareous meadows.

Larva feeds on Galium, Scabiosa, Lonicera, Lychnis, Knautia arvensis etc. Overwinters as a pupa in a flimsy cocoon in plant detritus on or just below ground.

 

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