Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Fairly common and thinly distributed resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jul-Sep.
Foodplant: Sallows, Grey Willow and Black Poplar.
|Year first recorded||1905||1982||1905|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||695||54||1498|
|Number of individuals||820||57||1754|
For the region, we have a total of 1498 records from 268 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A generally distributed species in Britain, the larva feeding on sallow (Salix spp.). In Dorset, the moth is generally distributed but at low density. "It occurs in river valleys, marshes and moist woods, becoming scarce or absent on dry downs, dry heathland and rocky coastlines" (W Parkinson Curtis ms). The national norm is for a single brood from early July to late September; however, a spectacular early emergence occurred at Arne in the intense heatwave in the last week of June 1976. Of the eighty-eight moths recorded in the last fortnight of June, fifty were trapped on the 30th June alone. Singleton Bordered Beauty's have been trapped on five occasions at Portland Bird Observatory. These may have originated from the few goat willow (Salix caprea) bushes growing on the island, but, given the moth's preference for damp habitat, sources some distance from Portland are suspected.