Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet Zygaenidae

Zygaena lonicerae (Scheven, 1777)

Description: Wingspan 30-46. Adults closely resemble the Six-spot Burnet in appearance but differ in the number of spots on the forewings, which are slightly longer and narrower. There is a stronger bluish tinge to the forewings and the antennae are slightly longer.

Similar Species: The Six-spot Burnet is very similar but distinguished by the number of spots on the forewing.

Key Identification Features:

Sets:  male upperside

Flight Period: End of May to late July.

Status: Widely distributed inland, especially in north Armagh where there are well-established colonies. More localised in other counties especially in the north and west.

Ecology: Unlike the Six-spot Burnet this species has a preference for inland sites particularly roadside verges, fens, damp meadows and marshy areas, but it has been recorded in a few coastal localities. It is never seen as commonly or abundantly as the Six-spot Burnet. The larvae feed on bird's foot trefoil, vetch and clovers. It over-winters twice in the larval stage.

Bradley & Fletcher number: 0171 Agassiz number: 54.009

Additional information:

UK Moths account


 Thompson, R. S. & Nelson, B., 2003 (Oct 2). [In] The Butterflies and Moths of Northern Ireland