Zygaenidae: Zygaeninae

03999 Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet Zygaena lonicerae, (Scheven, 1777)

BF0171 (ABH54.009)


General Information

This species is very similar to the Five-spot Burnet. Generally this species has a longer more-pointed forewing. The middle pair of spots are less likely to be merged than the Five-spot Burnet.


Pupates in a papery cocoon high up on a grass stem.


The larvae are readily distinguished from the Five-spot Burnet as they have much longer hairs.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a larva.
Flies during the day

Forewing length: 15-19mm.
Foodplant(s): Meadow Vetchling (Lathyrus pratensis), Red Clover (Trifolium pratense), Sainfoin (Onobrychis viciifolia), Greater Bird's-foot-trefoil (Lotus pedunculatus), Common Bird's-foot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus), White Clover (Trifolium repens), Bitter-vetch (Vicia ervilia)
Flying: One generation, June-July
UK Presence: Resident
National status:


Grassy areas, meadows, uncut road verges and embankments.

Regional Information

Recorded in 2 (0.1%) of the 1900 10km squares of Bulgaria.

Last recorded in July 2012

Recorded date range (Adult): 30 June to 22 July

Similar Species
Five-spot Burnet Zygaena trifolii

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