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