Bordered White

  • Bordered White (female)
    Bordered White (female)
  • Bordered White (male)
    Bordered White (male)
  • Bordered White (female)
    Bordered White (female)
  • Bordered White (male)
    Bordered White (male)

Scientific name: Bupalus piniaria

May to June, but to early August in parts of northern Britain

Males fly around conifers in sunshine. Comes to light. Rests with wings held above the body and pressed together like a butterfly. Males vary from yellowish in the south to white in northern England and Scotland, the females varying from orange in the south to brown in the north. Males have feathery antennae.

Size and Family

  • Family – Thorns, Beauties and allies ( Ennomines )
  • Small / Medium Sized 
  • Wing Span Range (male to female) - 34-40mm

Conservation status

  • Common

Caterpillar Description

Overwinters as a pupa. Larva late June to October

Particular Caterpillar Food Plants

Mainly mature Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris), Corsican Pine (Pinus nigra laricio), Lodgepole Pine (Pinus contorta), Norway Spruce (Picea abies)and Larch (Larix decidua).

Distribution

  • Countries – England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland
  • Well distributed throughout much of mainland Britain and the Inner Hebrides, sometimes found in abundance
  • Distribution Trend Since 1970’s = Britain: Stable

Habitat

Native pine woodland and plantations, and shelterbelts of conifers. Prefers mature trees.

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