Sirhowy Hill Woodlands

Scientific name: Bupalus piniaria

Bordered White

May to June, but to early August in parts of northern Britain. Rests like a butterfly with wings held closed above the body.


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.


The larva can be seen from late June to October. They overwinter as pupae on the ground among conifer needles.

What does the Bordered White eat?

The Bordered White eats mainly mature Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris), Corsican Pine (Pinus nigra laricio), Lodgepole Pine (Pinus contorta), Norway Spruce (Picea abies)and Larch (Larix decidua).

What habitat does the Bordered White live in?

The Bordered White lives in native pine woodland and plantations, and shelterbelts of conifers. They prefer mature trees.

What family does the Bordered White belong to?

The Bordered White belongs to the Ennomines family.

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Scientific Name

Bupalus piniaria


England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland


Small / Medium sized

Wingspan Range: 34-40mm


Well distributed throughout much of mainland Britain

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