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Six Spot Burnet

Six Spot Burnet
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Copyright: anita and mike allsopp (juanit) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 5 N: 270] (1522)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D, Tamrom 90mm f2.8 DI
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-16 10:14
Viewed: 3650
Points: 4
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Six-spot Burnet

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Zygaenidae

Genus: Zygaena

Species: Z. filipendulae

Binomial name
Zygaena filipendulae
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The Six-spot Burnet (Zygaena filipendulae) is a day-flying moth of the family Zygaenidae. It is a common species throughout Europe.

The sexes are similar and have a wingspan of 30-40 mm. The forewings are dark metallic green with 6 vivid red spots (sometimes the spots are merged causing possible confusion with other species such as Five-spot Burnet). Occasionally the spots are yellow or even black. The hindwings are red with a blackish fringe. The adults fly on hot, sunny days from June to August [1] and are attracted to a wide variety of flowers such as knapweed and scabious as well as the larval food plants bird's foot trefoil and clover. The species overwinters as a larva.

The larva is plump and hairy with variable markings, usually pale green with rows of black spots. It pupates in a papery cocoon attached to foliage.

1.^ The flight season refers to the British Isles. This may vary in other parts of the range.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-07-17 16:21]
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Hi boys ,this is a very difficult pic and your work very very well whit these terrible reflections of colors from the wings of this beautifull zygaena.Nice composition too and excellent sharpness.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-05-01 12:45]

Hello Anita ans Mike,
This is a nice capture of the Five-spot Burnet (Zygaena trifolii), the ID shown by counting the red spots on a fore-wing.
Nice POV of a fresh specimen on a red clover flower taken with good sharpness and natural colours.
Thanks and kind regards,

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