Thursday, 10 May 2007

Six-Spot Burnet (Zygaena filipendulae)

Two adult Six-spot Burnet (Zygaena filipendulae - unknown subspecies) at Brigstock, Northants - July 2010

OTHER NAMES: Six-spot Burnet Moth
Featured Subspecies: unknown
Length: ?
Wingspan: 30-40mm
UK Status: Least Concern IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated

One of the most common and easily recognisable of the day flying moths in the UK - the Six Spot Burnet (often mistakenly identified as the similarly coloured Cinnabar Moth) can be found in a wide number of locations. I seem to see them in the highest numbers on Cornish footpaths in the summer.

Related Species:
Family: Zygaenidae 
Genus: Zygaena
SUBSPECIES: Z. f. altapyrenaica, Z. f. arctica, Z. f. balcanirosea, Z. f. campaniae, Z. f. duponcheli, Z. f. filipendulae, Z. f. gemella, Z. f. gemina, Z. f. gigantea, Z. f. himmighofeni, Z. f. liguris, Z. f. maior, Z. f. mannii, Z. f. noacki, Z. f. oberthueriana, Z. f. polygalae, Z. f. praeochsem, Z. f. pulcherrimasoechadis, Z. f. pyrenes, Z. f. seeboldi, Z. f. siciliensis, Z. f. stephensi, Z. f. stoechadis, Z. f. zarana

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A common resident species
 - Seen in GeddingtonBrigstock, Trevose Head and numerous other locations

Further Notes: RSPB, WikipediaBirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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