It is difficult to distinguish this moth from the more common Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet. The Five-spot Burnet is slightly smaller than the Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet and is found where foodplant Greater Bird's-foot-trefoil is present.
Moths with the middle pair of spots merged are more frequent in this species. The Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet flies earlier.
A rare form exists where the red spots are replaced by yellow.
Overwinters as a larva, sometimes twice. Pupates in a cocoon formed low down on the food plant.
The larvae have shorter hairs than the Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet.
Dry calcareous grassland on chalk and limestone.
Recorded in 3 (0.2%) of the 1900 10km squares of Bulgaria.
Last recorded in July 2012
Recorded date range (Adult): 30 June to 20 July