Bordered White
Animals, Moths

Scientific name: Bupalus piniaria

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.

England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland
Specific name:
Bupalus piniaria
Native pine woodland and plantations
Wingspan Range - 34-40mm
Small / Medium Sized
Well distributed throughout much of mainland Britain

Size and Family

  • Family – Thorns, Beauties and allies ( Ennomines )
  • Small / Medium Sized
  • Wingspan Range – 34-40mm

Conservation Status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Common

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).


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