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National Status: Na

Local Status: Very rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.

Forewing: 18-21mm.

Foodplant: Devil's-bit Scabious, Small and Field Scabious.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1883183320041987
Year last recorded1883188320041987
Number of records1212
Number of individuals0012
Unique positions1211
Unique locations1211
Adult records1212
Immature records0000

For the county, we have a total of 6 records from 5 sites. First recorded in 1833.


1982 Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk 01
© Dave Williamson

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: A specimen of this species was observed both at rest and on the wing at High Batts Nature Reserve (VC64) on 13.6 and 21.6.1987 by S.P. Worwood (H&DNS Rep. 1987). There have been two other reports from the Harrogate District: one in Harrogate on 27.6.1986 by A. Mettam and one at Sutton Grange in 1987. However the insect did not settle on either occasion making a definite identification impossible. The High Batts record is the first confirmed County record since Porritt (1883-86) although there is the 'note' mentioned in the last list (YNU, 1970) of two at Helmsley (VC62) in 1944.

Current status (CHF, 2011): Last definite record in 1987 - there have been several unconfirmed recent reports of Hemaris Hawk-moths; none accompanied by a photo or specimen. There have been no recent records of Narrow-bordered in northern or eastern England and it may no longer occur in Yorkshire.

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