Zygaenidae : Zygaeninae
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Six-spot Burnet
Zygaena filipendulae

(Linnaeus, 1758) 169 / 54.008

Davey, P., 2009: A species with a wide distribution across the British Isles, the larva feeding on common bird's-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus). In Dorset, the moth can be found in most situations where the plant grows. It is locally abundant on dry unimproved grassland, verges, embankments and undercliffs, where it may often be seen sitting on hardhead (Centaurea nigra) and field scabious (Knautia arvensis) flower-heads. Elsewhere, it is decidedly local and colonies are usually small and... Read More

Recorded in 36 (90%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1895.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
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 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
18/08/201919SZ08 - Studland / Sandbanks
07/08/201919SY99 Lytchett Matravers
04/08/201919SZ07 Swanage
29/07/201919SY48 Burton Bradstock
29/07/201939SY48 Burton Bradstock

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