Dark Bordered Beauty Moth

The caterpillars of this moth are brown or purplish-brown with a paler underside. When they turn to moths, the males are darker yellow, almost orange with a purplish-grey border – which is where the name comes from. The female a paler yellow with the same frame. They have a small black spot on their forewings.

The Dark Bordered Beauty Moth can be seen from June to September and the caterpillars from May to July. They are in egg form over winter.

There are currently only four known populations of these moths in the UK, although they are famous throughout Europe.