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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, mid Jun-early Aug.

Forewing: 15-19mm.

Foodplant: Meadow Vetch, Red Clover, GT Bird's Foot Trefoil

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18831960188318831977
Year last recorded20142014201420142013
Number of records27812624142232
Number of individuals85924043102923627147
Unique positions837513415520
Unique locations796013215119
Adult records25111219938631
Immature records6514170

For the county, we have a total of 1099 records from 441 sites. First recorded in 1883.


54.009 Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet 07
© Terry Box, 24 Jul 2020
54.009 Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet 06
© Damian Money
54.009 Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet 04 larva
© Andy Nunn
54.009 Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet 05
© Andy Nunn
54.009 Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet 03 larvae
© Paul Holmes, Jun 2010
54.009 Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet 02
© Dave Williamson, 25 Jun 2010
54.009 Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This species is still abundant on restricted sites in the far west of Calderdale in VC63 and the Harrogate district in VC64 (also see notes on Z. filipendulae (Linnaeus) above). It has now been recorded from all five vice-counties. There are two fairly distinct forms of this species found in Yorkshire: a large, dark type found on the coast at Filey and Scarborough, and a smaller, paler inland form (Tremewan and Classey, 1970). Whilst these were treated as separate subspecies, current opinion suggests that they intergrade and are collectively as ssp. latomarginata (Tutt).

2012 (CHF): Widespread across the county in flowery grassland. This species seems to have increased since 1989 and numbers are currently stable. We often receive records of Five-spot Burnet but this has never been reliably recorded in the county and further examination shows that these are all Narrow-bordered.

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