Dark Bordered Beauty

  • Dark-bordered Beauty
    Dark-bordered Beauty

Scientific name: Epione vespertaria

July - August. Aberdeenshire, Moray and Yorkshire. This small moth is either yellow or orange, with brown bordered wings. Found in open woodland or on grassland. Similar to the Bordered Beauty.

The female tends to be a lighter yellow than the male, it also has a deeper indentation in the dark border along the edge of the wings.  The shape of the dark border helps to distinguish this species from the Bordered Beauty, which can also be slightly larger.

The male flies during the day, especially just after sunrise and both sexes can be disturbed from the foodplants in the afternoon. Also flies from dusk and at dawn.

Size and Family

  • Family – Thorns, Beauties and allies (Ennomines)
  • Small Sized 

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Priority Species
  • Rare (Red Data Book 3)

Particular Caterpillar Food Plants

Aspen in Scotland, and Creeping Willow in Yorkshire.


  • Countries – England, Scotland
  • Restricted to a very few sites in Scotland, in Aberdeenshire and the Moray area. Restricted to one site in England, in Yorkshire.  Individual records at other localities indicate that it may occur elsewhere.


Prefers open and damp scrubby and heathy grassland, usually near tall trees.

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