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Kent Moth Group


Broad-bordered Bee Hawk-moth

Hemaris fuciformis

Family: Sphingidae

RES: 69.009 B&F: 1983

Verification Grade (Adult):

This species was thought to have disappeared from Kent with the last recorded individual in 2013, but a single moth was found on 01.06.2021 in Orlestone area representing the first record for 8 years. This is a previously known site for the species and so it would be worth reviewing the map below for other sites and having a wander during daytime.

This species is very similar to the Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth, but as with that species, does not alight on flowers (like the Bees it mimics), but hovers much like the Hummingbird Hawk-moth. Both species have transparent wings with dark crosslines/veins. Broad-bordered has the first transparent cell at the base of the forewing with a dark line through the middle, whilst Narrow-bordered just has a larger cell without the divide. Broad-bordered also has a thicker, dark edge to the wing tip than Narrow-bordered and there are also differences on the abdomen if seen well.

Flight Season: May to August

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Distribution in Kent

The map below shows the distribution of records of Broad-bordered Bee Hawk-moth (Hemaris fuciformis) within Kent. Use the control below to show data for a certain time period. If you've got a dot to add, please submit your records to us. Click here for more information on how to submit data.

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The graph below shows at which time of the year Broad-bordered Bee Hawk-moth (Hemaris fuciformis) can be expected to be recorded in Kent. Hover over the graph to see exact figures for each period of the year, and use the controls below to filter by VC and time span:

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Photo Gallery

Below is a gallery of Broad-bordered Bee Hawk-moth (Hemaris fuciformis) images from Kent. If you would like to contribute any photographs, please email

Reporting Rate

The graph below shows how the number of records submitted Broad-bordered Bee Hawk-moth (Hemaris fuciformis) to the Kent database has varied since 1950. Hover over the graph to see exact figures for each year, and use the control below to filter by a certain VC.

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External Links

More information about Broad-bordered Bee Hawk-moth (Hemaris fuciformis) can be seen on the external pages listed below: