Zygaenidae: Zygaeninae

0169 (ABH54.008) Six-spot Burnet Zygaena filipendulae, (Linnaeus, 1758)

KR03998

Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Whitelye, Gwent
Whitelye, Gwent
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
 Photo © Val Perrin
Old Weston
Old Weston
 Photo © Kevin Royles
Whitelye, Monmouthshire, July 2008
Whitelye, Monmouthshire, July 2008
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Sharpenhoe Clappers, Beds
Sharpenhoe Clappers, Beds
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Larva creating cocoon, Grafham Water
Larva creating cocoon, Grafham Water
 Photo © Peter Bissell


General Information

This is the only British Burnet moth with six red spots on each forewing. In some forms the outer spots are merged.

 

This is a rare yellow form.

 

Overwinters as a larva, sometimes twice. Pupates in a cocoon in an exposed position on a grass stem.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a larva.
Flies during the day

Forewing length: 15-19mm.
Foodplant(s): Common Bird's-foot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus), Greater Bird's-foot-trefoil (Lotus pedunculatus)
Flying: One generation, June-August
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Habitat

Grassland, verges, coastal habitats.

Regional Information

Recorded in 77 (28.5%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in August 2016

Recorded date range (Adult): 22 May to 28 August

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 15 July to 15 July



Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Hairy
Colours:
green, yellow, black, white
No. of Proleg Pairs:
5