Six Spot Burnet Moth (Zygaena filipendulae)

The six spot burnet (Zygaena filipendulae) is one of the commonly-seen day-flying moths of British summer days. Often seen feeding on nectar-rich flowers like thistles, the moth is one of the easiest of all to identify.

Appearance

The six spot burnet looks almost like it could be a beetle due to it’s long antennae but the wings clearly mark it out as either a butterfly or moth. The burnet possesses 6 bright red/pink spots on an otherwise black background so is very easy to spot.

Habitat

The burnet can be seen during warmer months in gardens but is most often seen in rough pasture and meadow where it feeds on the nectar of flowers. A summer walk through your local common gives you a great chance of seeing this brightly coloured insect.

Food

The adult moths feed on nectar whilst the caterpillars feed on wild plants like birds foot trefoil.

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