Zygaenidae : Zygaeninae
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Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet
Zygaena lonicerae
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Five-spot Burnet
Zygaena trifolii

(Esper, 1783) 170 / 54.010

Last recorded between 1970 and 1999. However, given the national distribution of this species (SW England and Wales) there must be some doubt over the validity of some records of this species in our region.

Note The following pointers may be useful.
Adults:Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet the third and fourth spots on the forewing are clearly separate with the third spot not larger in area than half the fourth with no distinct reddish scales between the 2 spots. In Five-spot Burnet the third and fourth spots are of almost equal size, almost touching and often fused. If these spots appear separated, then there are some reddish scales between them.
Eggs:Five-spot laid in a heap, Narrow-bordered laid in single layer.
Larva:Five-spot has short hairs, those of Narrow-bordered are much longer (can be determined with care even from shed skins so worth checking cocoons of emerged moths.
Cocoon: Opaque in Five-spot, translucent in Narrow-bordered.

Peter Hall and Dave Wilton.

Verification Grade Comment: Difficult to identify as adults either in the field or under the microscope

Recorded in 8 (6%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1853.
Last Recorded in 2018.
(Data up to end 2022)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 14-19mm
Flight: June - August
Foodplant:   Greater and Common Bird's-foot-trefoil
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3/4
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
31/05/20182VC36 - HerefordshireSO25 -
14/06/19821VC36 - HerefordshireSO73
01/01/1961 to 31/12/1970+VC36 - HerefordshireSO47
19601VC36 - HerefordshireSO74
1959+VC36 - HerefordshireSO74

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