Zygaenidae: Zygaeninae

0171 (ABH54.009) Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet Zygaena lonicerae, (Scheven, 1777)

KR03999

Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
 Photo © Kevin Royles
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Aberration, Woodwalton Marsh
Aberration, Woodwalton Marsh
 Photo © Peter Bissell
 Photo © Peter Bissell


General Information

This species is very similar to the Five-spot Burnet. Generally this species has a longer more-pointed forewing. The middle pair of spots are less likely to be merged than the Five-spot Burnet.

 

Pupates in a papery cocoon high up on a grass stem.

 

The larvae are readily distinguished from the Five-spot Burnet as they have much longer hairs.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a larva.
Flies during the day

Forewing length: 15-19mm.
Foodplant(s): Meadow Vetchling (Lathyrus pratensis), Red Clover (Trifolium pratense), Sainfoin (Onobrychis viciifolia), Greater Bird's-foot-trefoil (Lotus pedunculatus), Common Bird's-foot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus), White Clover (Trifolium repens), Bitter-vetch (Vicia ervilia)
Flying: One generation, June-July
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Habitat

Grassy areas, meadows, uncut road verges and embankments.

Regional Information

Recorded in 59 (21.9%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in July 2018

Recorded date range (Adult): 07 June to 07 August

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 16 May to 11 June

Similar Species
Five-spot Burnet Zygaena trifolii


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