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Transparent Burnet

Zygaena purpuralis

Description:

The Transparent Burnet is a moth in the family Zygaenidae showing three bright red longitudinal streaks variable in shape, with almost transparent greyish-bluish edges. This moth is highly similar to Zygaena minos and only an examination of the genitalia can distinguish the adults. However, only Zygaena purpuralis is found at the altitude reported here.

Habitat:

Dry calcarous meadow, sub-alpine valley, alt. 1750m ASL

Notes:

Host plants: Thymus species.

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13 Comments

Les Catchick
Les Catchick a year ago

I had not heard of a transparent one.
I was looking for a way to thank you regarding my moth photos but I can not find a way to just send a message.
I will delete the second photo today.

Wild Things
Wild Things 4 years ago

Beautiful Daniele!

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 4 years ago

What colour contrast!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 4 years ago

Thanks Stephanie!

Stephanie R.
Stephanie R. 4 years ago

What a beautiful photo! The contrasting colors are amazing!

dandoucette
dandoucette 4 years ago

That makes sense, good idea.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 4 years ago

Dan, when on my own I carry one of those for safety:
http://www.brack.ch/spot-gps-satelliten-...
You can save points of interest along your track.

dandoucette
dandoucette 4 years ago

Nice spotting Daniele! How did you get your altitude so accurately? Do you hike with an altimeter?

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 4 years ago

Thanks Mark. I was quite happy to find 3 different species of Zygaena sp. in the same habitat on that day. Maybe more as I'm still digging into the folder :-)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Super pic. Interesting moth too.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 4 years ago

Thanks Atul and molly!

mollyhowarth38
mollyhowarth38 4 years ago

Beautiful!

Atul
Atul 4 years ago

Wow Lovely !

DanielePralong
Spotted by
DanielePralong

Valais/Wallis, Switzerland

Lat: 46.12, Long: 6.99

Spotted on Aug 8, 2014
Submitted on Oct 17, 2014

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