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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