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Five-spot burnet

Zygaena sp.


One of the day-flying red spotted moths in the genus Zygaena. The brightly coloured moths in this genus are native to the West Palearctic region. Two candidates are Zygaena lonicerae and Zygaena trifolii. See notes for identification discussion. Comments welcome.


Meadow, limestone, sub-alpine valley, alt. 1750m ASL.


The shape of the 4th red spot (square and not rectangular) excludes the 5-spotted form of Zygaena filipendulae. The moth presents several of the criteria for Zygaena lonicerae, including that spot no.4 is square and well separated from spot No.3. However the shape of the antennae, which show some bulge, doesn't seem to fit. In case of doubt, genitalia examination is needed to separate Zygaena lonicerae from Zygaena trifolii, which can share similar habitat. See http://www.fleetingwonders.com/visual-ke...

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DanielePralong 4 years ago

Thanks arlanda!

arlanda 4 years ago


Spotted by

Valais/Wallis, Switzerland

Lat: 46.12, Long: 6.99

Spotted on Aug 6, 2014
Submitted on Oct 15, 2014

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