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Southern six-spot burnet - Zygène transalpine

Zygaena transalpina


This red-spotted member of the Zygaenidae moth family is found in Central Europe only, from Germany to Croatia and Italy and from Spain to Austria and Slovenia. It can be distinguished from the six-spot burnet (Z. filipendulae) by its white-tipped antennae (well visible on the left here), and thin contrasting black borders around its red spots.


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


Host plants of the caterpillar are Fabaceae genera Hippocrepis , Lotus , sometimes Astragalus.

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Salvan, Valais, Switzerland

Spotted on Aug 8, 2014
Submitted on Oct 16, 2014

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