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Five-spot Burnet; Gitana de cinco puntos

Zygaena trifolii


Burnets are toxic so the bug can not predate this moth. These moths have an aposematic coloration (Müllerian mimicry) that tell predators that they are poisonous since they contain cyanide compounds inside their little bodies. They have black-bluish forewings with five red spots which are many times joined two by two, except the last one that is always single. The hindwing is red with a black fringe. the body is black with bluish tinges. They are slow fliers and do not fly very high. The larvae feed on the leaves of Lotus uliginosus and Lotus corniculatus.


Spotted at a meadow close to the sea. Asturias


Camera Model: NIKON D500. Exposure Time: 1/500 sec.; f/10; ISO Speed Rating: 640. Exposure Bias: 0 EV. Focal Length: 90.0 mm. No Flash fired. DSC_3284, 3288, 3290

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Asturias, Spain

Lat: 43.56, Long: -6.88

Spotted on Aug 21, 2018
Submitted on Nov 27, 2018

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