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

(Scheven, 1777) 171 / 54.009

A common resident across the region.

A species of flower-rich rough grassland and road verges.

Note Often mistaken for the rare Five-spot Burnet.The following pointers may be useful in separation.
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.

Recorded in 92 (66%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 15-19mm.
Flight: Mid-June -early August
Foodplant:   Meadow Vetch, Red Clover, Greater Bird's Foot Trefoil
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
30/07/2022+VC39 - StaffordshireSJ94
27/07/20221VC39 - StaffordshireSO98
17/07/20223VC37 - WorcestershireSO97
11/07/20221VC37 - WorcestershireSO74
06/07/2022+VC39 - StaffordshireSJ91

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