Species: Five-spot Burnet (Zygaena trifolii)

Family: Forester and Burnet Moths (ZYGAENIDS)

Category: Butterflies & Moths

Location: NW

A. Butterflies & Moths

B. Forester and Burnet Moths (ZYGAENIDS)

Most are diurnal, slow-flying, brightly-coloured moths, with strong proboscises. They are seldom predated because of the cyanide in their blood.

C. Five-spot Burnet (Zygaena trifolii)

The Five-spot Burnet moth is a highly visible moth with five red spots on their black forewings. Sometimes the two central spots can be joined together, looking like one large irregular spot. The adult moths are on the wing between May and August and can be seen in grasslands and moorlands. The main food plant of the larva of the Five-spot Burnet moth is Common Bird’s Foot Trefoil and Greater Bird’s Foot Trefoil.