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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Feb-Apr.

Forewing: 16-20mm.

Foodplant: Pedunculate Oak and Sessile Oak. Other broadleaved trees.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19291930184718861976
Year last recorded20142015201420152015
Number of records886417599689150
Number of individuals9966699341472227
Unique positions83728711416
Unique locations86738812114
Adult records869394562640149
Immature records10320

For the county, we have a total of 2741 records from 382 sites. First recorded in 1847.


70.266 Dotted Border 09 female
© Andrew Cockroft
70.266 Dotted Border 08
© Andy Nunn
70.266 Dotted Border 07 female
© Dave Shenton
70.266 Dotted Border 06
© Andy Nunn
70.266 Dotted Border 05 pupa
© Derek Parkinson
70.266 Dotted Border 04 larva
© Derek Parkinson
70.266 Dotted Border 03 female bred from larva
© Derek Parkinson
70.266 Dotted Border 02 female
© Ian Andrews
70.266 Dotted Border 01
© Terry Box, 28 Feb 2012

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: There are scattered records from all five vice-counties and most reports say it is frequent or common. Melanic forms such as ab. fuscata (Mosley) are prevalent in many areas.

2012 (CHF): Widespread across the county and common in the spring especially in broad-leaved woodland. Occasionally appearing before the year end eg Knott Wood (Calderdale) 11.11.2010.

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