Narrow-bordered bee hawkmoth

This hawkmoth is cleverly disguised as a bee. This gives it protection from predators as they mistakenly think these moths can sting. It was collected by C. W. Holcroft in June 1857 at Hemnock Reservoirs in South Devon.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
53/1976/70
Category
Natural History
Collection Class
Arthropods
Collection Area Region
Northern Europe
Collector Excavator
Holcroft, Mr C W
Common Name
narrow-bordered bee hawkmoth
Simple Name
insect: moth
Period Classification
Modern (1945-); Modern (1900-)

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SPHINGIDAE: Hemaris tityus (Linnaeus, 1758): narrow-bordered bee hawk-moth