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

(Esper, 1783) 170 / 54.010

Morley's Final Catalogue: Local at Ipswich, Felixstow, Beccles, Herringfleet and Tuddenham in 1890. Still abundant in restricted areas in at least Oulton broad (Bedwell); Barnby broad; Shipmeadow; Burgh castle (Mr), Bradwell Doles and Blythburgh wood.

Recent Suffolk status: Very rare. Only found at a few fen sites.

Life history: Single-brooded, flying in summer, normally slightly later than Narrow-bordered five spot burnet.

Identification: Very similar to Narrow-bordered five-spot burnet. Middle pair of spots are regularly merged, whilst this is a very rare feature in Narrow-bordered five-spot. Five spot burnet has shorter forewings but this feature is subtle. Larvae of Five-spot burnet have short hairs.

Habitats: Fenland, wet grasslands.

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 4 (7%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1961.
Last Recorded in 2010.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
16/09/2010+25TG40 - Belton/Burgh Castle
01/07/2010+25TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
19/06/2009125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
14/07/2008525TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
14/07/2008225TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
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Forewing: 14-19mm.
Flight: One generation. June-Aug.
Foodplant:   Greater and Common Bird's-foot-trefoil
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 4
 Immature Adult
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