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Six spot Burnet (Zygaena filipendulae)


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A distinctive day-flying species of moth with bright red spots on dark bluish black-coloured forewings. It can be found on the coast and inland preferring disused quarries and roadside verges in the summer months. It has a wingspan 25-40mm. The adults are most active in bright sunshine visiting a wide variety of grassland flowers. The larvae feed on bird's foot trefoil and their paper-like cocoons are often conspicuous on grass stems during early summer. It over-winters in the larval stage. Picture taken 15th July 2006 near Carlton Bedfordshire.

25th Jul 2006 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

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