The Moths of Suffolk
1954 Bordered White, Bupalus piniaria, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Can be abundant where conifers grow

Habitats : Conifer and mixed woods and plantations, heathland with conifers

Flight Period : Single-brooded; May to early August

Larval foodplants : Scots Pine and other conifers

Morley's Final Catalogue : Flies round pine-trees by day, but is merely locally abundant with us. Both larvae and imagines in profusion at Bentley, before the fir-wood was destroyed by fire from railway in 1911, and now recovering there; bred at Playford (Gr, Ent. Wk. Intell. ii, 1857, 11). Brightwell woods (Wlr). Abundant at Scots Hall in Westleton in June 1921 (Vinter). Herringfleet and Gorleston (Mr). West Suffolk distribution unnoted.

Wingspan details : Forewing 17-19mm, Wingspan 34-40mm


Confusion species : None

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2004) © N Sherman

Flight chart
7 100 29 1

Life history chart
pupa pupa pupa pupa imago ovaimago larva larva larva pupa pupa pupa

Further Photographs

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Found under Scots pine tree - Ipswich, Suffolk (7.ix.2010) © Neil Sherman
At actinic light - Ipswich, Suffolk ( © A Prichard
VC25, Waveney Woods, Fritton, Suffolk ( © Brian Jones