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National Status: Nb

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: May-Jun.

Forewing: 18-21mm.

Foodplant: Honeysuckle and Bedstraw spp.

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded190019951900
Year last recorded201120072011
Number of records713148
Number of individuals993204
Unique positions44394
Unique locations36378
Adult records46296
Immature records18138

For the region, we have a total of 148 records from 78 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1900.


1983 Broad-bordered Bee Hawk-moth 02
© Natalie Ngo
1983 Broad-bordered Bee Hawk 01
© Dave Foot

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species confined to southern England, the larva feeding on honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum). In Dorset, the species is head-quartered across the Bagshot Sands region where it colonises woodland edges on damp or humid heath particularly where honeysuckle hangs from trees and scrub. Elsewhere, larvae have been found on the sandy soil on Pentridge Hill in the far north-east of the county. It remains to be seen whether the 'Bee Hawks' seen flying along woodland edges at Rooksmoor turn out to be this species. Larvae are relatively easy to locate at eye-level during mid-summer; the tell-tale 'button holes' aligned either side of the mid-rib of a honeysuckle leaf often reveals on closer inspection, a Broad-bordered Bee Hawk caterpillar. Although threats posed to the species in Dorset are considered low, continued monitoring of this moth is recommended and retention of wooded regions within heathland blocks and on their boundaries would undoubtedly be beneficial to this species. In warmer climes in southern Europe, both this hawkmoth and the Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk1982 are double brooded, and in the prolonged hot summer of 1976, second brood moths emerged and were seen in the following locations: Morden Bog, on 26 July 1976 (Dr J Hasler), Arne Wood, on 10 August 1976 (B Pickess), Brownsea Island, on 11 August 1976 (A Bromby). The following record indicates a foodplant other than honeysuckle: Bournemouth, larvae feeding on snowberry in 1892 (Entomologists Record 25:121).

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