Superficially similar to some other burnets, in particular the Six-spot Burnet (Z. filipendulae).The male can be found at the flowers of milkworts and thyme, the female usually nectaring at the flowers of the larval foodplant.
Size and Family
- Family – Burnets and Foresters (Zygaenids)
- Small Sized
- Wing Span Range (male to female) - 25-35mm
- UK BAP: Priority Species
- Red Data Book
Overwinters as a larva, sometimes twice. The larvae are mostly found on shorter plants, usually less than 6cm. Pupates in a dull oval-shaped, dirty whitish cocoon spun amongst grass or other herbage on or near the ground.
Particular Caterpillar Food Plants
Common Bird's-foot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)
- Countries – Scotland
- Mull, Ulva and Gometra, formerly on the Scottish mainland in the Morvern district, Argyllshire
- Distribution Trend Since 1970’s = Britain: Declining
Grassy slopes by the sea, usually south to south-west facing slopes