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Six-spot Burnet (Zygaena filipendulae) - Wiki
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Six-spot Burnet (Zygaena filipendulae) - Wiki

Six-spot Burnet
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Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Zygaenidae

[Photo] Six-spot Burnet (Zygaena filipendulae). Picture taken by Bernd Haynold ( Date: 24. May 2003.
Copyright (C) 2003 Bernd Haynold
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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.
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