Six-spot Burnet - Zygaena filipendulae

Alternative names
Six Spot Burnet

Wingspan 30-38 mm. The only British Burnet with six red spots on forewing (red patch at base is divided by a vein and counts as two spots).

Identification difficulty

Occupying meadows, woodland clearings and sea-cliffs.

When to see it

It flies from June to August.

Life History

The larvae feed mainly on Bird's-foot Trefoil.

UK Status

This is the commonest of Britain's day-flying Burnet moths, and is found throughout Britain, with a coastal bias in the north. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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