Broad-bordered Bee Hawk-moth

Hemaris fuciformis


Species Codes

B&F 1983 RES 69.009

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Species Account

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.

Record Verification

Grade 2 adults can be confused with other species, so good quality photographs or possibly a specimen will be required if the recorder is not familiar with the species.

Distribution Map

The map below shows all records of Broad-bordered Bee Hawk-moth (Hemaris fuciformis) in the Kent database. If you've got a dot to add, please submit your records to us. Use the control below to filter by time span:


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. Use the controls below to filter by VC and time span:

Reporting Rate

The graph below shows how the number of records of Broad-bordered Bee Hawk-moth (Hemaris fuciformis) submitted each year has changed over time. Use the control below to filter by VC:

Photo Gallery

Below is a selection of Broad-bordered Bee Hawk-moth (Hemaris fuciformis) images from Kent. If you would like to contribute any photographs, please email Click on a photo if you would like to see it larger.

External Links

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