Six-spot Burnet

Name: Six-spot Burnet

Scientific name: Zygaena filipendulae

Category: Minibeasts

Nature Stars: 50

What are nature stars?

About: A common day-flying moth of grasslands, where the caterpillars feed on bird's-foot trefoil. Glossy black with red spots on the long, narrow wings. About 2cm long. The adults feed on knapweed, thistles and other grassland flowers. The caterpillar pupates in a papery cocoon attached to grass stems.

How to identify: There are six similar species of burnet moth in the UK. This is the only one with six red spots on the wing. The other common species have 5 spots.

Where: Widespread in England and Wales, rarer in Scotland where mainly found near the coast.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 10
  • Agility: 70
  • Rarity: 30
  • Cute factor: 40
  • Traveller: 50

Fantastic fact: Burnet moths are poisonous, releasing hydrogen cyanide when attacked.

Photograph credit: Les Binns

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