Six-spot burnet moth
(Zygaena filipendulae stephensi)
Wingspan approximately 35mms.
Distribution: Found throughout England and the coasts of Wales and Scotland.
Months seen: June to August.
Habitat: Meadows, downland and heathland.
Special features: Six-spot burnets are day flying moths. The six red spots
on each of the moths greenish-black fore-wings are a warning to predators
that this moth tastes bad! The caterpillars feed on trefoil and vetch which
contain traces of the poison cyanide. These toxins are carried on through
to the adult moth.
The caterpillars pupate on grass stems, forming a yellow coloured chrysalis.