Sphingidae: Sphinginae

06840 Broad-bordered Bee Hawk-moth Hemaris fuciformis, (Linnaeus, 1758)

BF1983 (ABH69.009)


General Information

This is a day-flying species feeding at tubular flowers such as Bugle, Honeysuckle etc.


Much decreased due to the decline of coppicing, maturation of dense stands of conifers and browsing of Honeysuckle by increased deer populations.


Pupates in loose soil.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.
Flies during the day

Forewing length: 20-24mm.
Foodplant(s): honeysuckles (Lonicera spp.), Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus)
Flying: One/two generations, mid May-early July and August-September
National status:


Woodland rides, open areas and heathland.

Regional Information

Recorded in 1 (0.1%) of the 1900 10km squares of Bulgaria.

Last recorded in June 2013

Recorded date range (Adult): 19 June to 19 June

Similar Species
Pirin Mtns, 25th June 2005
Pirin Mtns, 25th June 2005
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies

Larva Type:
With lumps, bumps or horn(s)
Green, yellow, brown, orange, grey
No. of Proleg Pairs: