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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, mid Jun-early Aug.

Forewing: 15-19mm.

Foodplant: Meadow Vetch, Red Clover, GT Bird's Foot Trefoil

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 recorded19941994
Year last recorded20112011
Number of records3978
Number of individuals486972
Unique positions3366
Unique locations2958
Adult records3570
Immature records48

For the region, we have a total of 78 records from 58 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1994.


0171 Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet 04 larva
© Jack Oughton
0171 Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet 03
© Jack Oughton
0171 Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet 02 ab. citrina
© Dave Foot
0171 Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet 01
© Dave Foot

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: This sub-species is widespread across central and eastern parts of England and south-east Wales, the larva preferring meadow vetchling (Lathyrus pratensis) and red clover (Trifolium pratense), but also eating other vetches and peas. The moth is local in Dorset, and tends to be associated with meadow vetchling growing along railway and road-side embankments on chalky soil, and within unimproved grassland chiefly on ill-drained clay soil, but also along the coast, however colonies are rarely large. The adult is on the wing at the same time as the Five-spot Burnet ssp. palustrella170. Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet and Five-spot Burnet ssp. decreta170 colonies co-exist at Kingcombe, Rooksmoor and Pamphill. An example of ab. citrina, a form where the red colouration is replaced by yellow, see illustration, was found paired with a typical-form male on the Monkey Jump roundabout in Dorchester by Dave Foot on 21 June 2003.

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