Zygaenidae : Zygaeninae
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Six-spot Burnet
Zygaena filipendulae

(Linnaeus, 1758) 169 / 54.008

Common resident, found across the region.

A species of flower-rich grassland where the adults visit thistles, knapweeds etc. It occurs in colonies.

Larvae feed on Bird's-foot Trefoil.

Note The larvae of 6-spot and 5-spot Burnets cannot be reliably separated, both having short hair. In Narrow-bordered Five-spot, the hairs are quite long.

Recorded in 118 (84%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1800.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 15-19mm
Flight: June - August. Day-flier
Foodplant:   Common Bird's-foot Trefoil
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
< Cistus Forester  |  Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet >
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
25/10/2022+VC36 - HerefordshireSO35 -
07/08/20221VC40 - ShropshireSJ53
06/08/20221VC39 - StaffordshireSJ91
06/08/20221VC39 - StaffordshireSJ95
03/08/20221VC36 - HerefordshireSO25

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