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Summary Data

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.

Forewing: 13-16mm.

Foodplant: Sallows, Grey Willow and Black Poplar.

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 recorded190519821905
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records695541498
Number of individuals820571754
Unique positions1389294
Unique locations1259268
Adult records630541368
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 1498 records from 268 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


1907 Bordered Beauty 05
© Julian Francis
1907 Bordered Beauty 99
© Martin Wood
1907 Bordered Beauty 03
© Dave Foot
1907 Bordered Beauty 02
© Tom Morris
1907 Bordered Beauty 01
© Terry Box, 07 Aug 2005

Species Account

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.

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