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Burnet Moths Andy

Five-Spot Burnet Moths mating.

Six-Spot Burnet Moth.

Six-Spot Burnet moths mating pair

Five-Spot Burnet Moth (Zygaena Trifolii)

Six-Spot Burnet Moth (Zygaena Filipendulae)

Burnet moths are day flying and can be seen flying clumsily from flower to flower sometimes feeding in large numbers from June to August. The moth's distinctive colours are a warning to birds that they are very distasteful to eat as the caterpillars feed on vetch and bird’s foot trefoil, which contain poisons which are then passed on to the adult moth.

Burnets feeding on a flower