Six Spot Burnet
|Copyright: anita and mike allsopp (juanit)
|Date Taken: 2010-07-03|
|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|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Six-spot Burnet |
Species: Z. filipendulae
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  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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