Zygaenidae: Zygaeninae

03998 Six-spot Burnet Zygaena filipendulae, (Linnaeus, 1758)

BF0169 (ABH54.008)

NW Bulgaria. 7th June 2016.
NW Bulgaria. 7th June 2016.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
NW Bulgaria. 7th June 2016.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies

General Information

This is the only British Burnet moth with six red spots on each forewing. In some forms the outer spots are merged.


This is a rare yellow form.


Overwinters as a larva, sometimes twice. Pupates in a cocoon in an exposed position on a grass stem.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a larva.
Flies during the day

Forewing length: 15-19mm.
Foodplant(s): Common Bird's-foot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus), Greater Bird's-foot-trefoil (Lotus pedunculatus)
Flying: One generation, June-August
UK Presence: Resident
National status:


Grassland, verges, coastal habitats.

Regional Information

Recorded in 10 (0.5%) of the 1900 10km squares of Bulgaria.

Last recorded in July 2013

Recorded date range (Adult): 15 June to 22 July

Larva Type:
green, yellow, black, white
No. of Proleg Pairs: