Burnet Companion

  • Burnet Companion
    Burnet Companion
  • Burnet Companion
    Burnet Companion
  • Burnet Companion
    Burnet Companion
  • Burnet Companion
    Burnet Companion

Scientific name: Euclidia glyphica

May - July. Britain and Ireland. Medium-sized, brown with orange-yellow hindwings. Lives on downland, flower-rich hay-meadows, embankments, woodland rides

The largely orange-yellow hindwings, combined with the warm brown forewings are characteristic of this species which can be confused with no other.Often seen in the company of the Mother Shipton and some burnet moths, this species flies in sunshine and warm overcast weather. Very alert and readily disturbed from low vegetation, generally flying only short distances.

Size and Family

  • Family – Catocalines
  • Medium Sized 

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Common

Particular Caterpillar Food Plants

White Clover, Red Clover, Black Medick, Lucerne, Common Bird’s-foot Trefoil and probably other trefoils and vetches.

Distribution

  • Countries – England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland
  • Fairly well distributed in the southern half of England and south-east Wales, becoming more restricted in distribution in the rest of Wales, northern England, southern Scotland and Ireland. Scarce on the Channel Islands

Habitat

Dry or damp grasslands, usually on calcareous soils, including downland, flower-rich hay meadows, woodland rides, verges and embankments.