Zygaenidae : Zygaeninae
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Five-spot Burnet
Zygaena trifolii
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Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet
Zygaena lonicerae

(Scheven, 1777) 171 / 54.009

Morley's Final Catalogue: Distinctly rare; unnoticed since 1890, when it was known from Foxhall heath (MI), where it is certainly extinct; Beccles (Crf) and, in the west at Tuddenham (J.H. Jenner), where innumerable collectors have worked recently.

Recent Suffolk status: Local. Most records of burnets with five spots in Suffolk will be this species.

Life history: Single-brooded, flying in summer.

Identification: Very similar to Five-spot burnet, which is very rare in the county and only found at fenland sites where Greater birds-foot trefoil occurs. Middle pair of spots are very rarely merged, whilst this is a very common feature in Five-spot. Narrow-bordered five spot burnet has longer and narrower forewings but this feature is subtle. Larvae of Narrow-bordered have distinctive long hairs.

Habitats: Grasslands, road verges, woodland rides.

Verification Grade Comment: Difficult to identify as adults either in the field or under the microscope

Determination by Genitalia Examination (gen. det.) Required

Recorded in 24 (41%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1994.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
06/07/2023125TM47 - Blythburgh/Dunwich
27/06/2023+25TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
26/06/20233725TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
22/06/20232825TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
22/06/2023125TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
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Forewing: 15-19mm.
Flight: One generation. Mid June-early August
Foodplant:   Meadow Vetch, Red Clover, GT Bird's Foot Trefoil
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4
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