If disturbed the moth displays its orange hindwings with blue-black spots and can produce a clear yellow fluid from two ducts just behind the head.

The larvae can be seen from August to late the following June. The larvae are hairy and known as the "Woolly Bear". They sometimes feed and bask in sunshine and may be seen moving rapidly across bare ground when fully grown. They pupate in a thin cocoon among vegetation on or near the ground.

Superficially similar to several of the other burnet moths, but readily distinguished by the thinly-scaled forewing with three blunt red streaks. Rarely this red colour is replaced by black, orange or yellow. The Slender Scotch Burnet and Scotch Burnet are also thinly-scaled, but are usually smaller and have distinct spots rather than streaks.

Flies in warm weather, preferring sunshine. During dull weather it can be found sitting exposed on flowerheads or grass stems. Visits nectar sources, such as Wild Thyme.

The only British burnet moth with six red spots on each forewing, although care must be taken with identification, as in some cases the outermost spots can be fused. Rarely the red colour is replaced by yellow.

Flies with a usually slow buzzing flight during sunshine and is attracted to a range of flowers including thistles, knapweeds and scabious.

The colour of this moth varies from tawny to reddish brown, with females being darker and smaller than the male.  A paler kidney mark on the forewing and two wavy cross lines help to characterise this species. May occasionally be found flying on sunny afternoons but flies mainly after dark.

This tropical-looking moth is very distinctive.  Rarely, individuals with yellow hindwings or yellow spots on the forewings occur, and in some forms the hindwings may be extensively black.

Frequently flies in sunshine, particularly in late afternoon and early evening for the males.  Can also be found during the day resting on leaves. Also flies at night.

Flight Season

Flies from May to June in one generation.

The English name of this moth is most appropriate for those found in southern England.  In northern England and Ireland, the forewings are darker with some blackish tints on the hindwings.  One or two small spots are present on the forewings, these can be connected forming a crescent.

Can be found in flight by day, particularly in sunshine.  Mating sometimes occurs in mid-afternoon. Also flies from dusk and into the night.

This moth is unmistakable as no other species has plain black wings and a red collar.  The long narrow wings, which are often wrapped around the body when at rest, are characteristic of this group of moths and gave rise to their name, as they are said to resemble the long coats worn by servants in Victorian times.

Can be found resting on the leaves of bushes, grasses etc. and may also fly around the tops of oak trees and conifers in sunny weather. Also flies at night.

Very similar to and sometimes difficult to distinguish from the Five-spot Burnet. In general, the forewing of the Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet is longer and more pointed, the upper angle of the hindwing is more pointed and the black border of the hindwing is narrower than those of the Five-spot Burnet. Sometimes, although infrequently, the red colour is replaced by yellow.

Sometimes found commonly. The moth flies in sunshine and is attracted to a range of flowers, including thistles, knapweeds, and scabious.

Very similar to and sometimes difficult to distinguish from the Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet. Consequently, the distribution of the Five-spot Burnet is imperfectly known. In general, the forewing of the Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet is longer and more pointed, the upper angle of the hindwing being more pointed and the black border of the hindwing being narrower than those of the Five-spot Burnet. Rarely the red colour is replaced by yellow.

Sometimes found commonly, the moth flies with a slow buzzing flight during sunshine and visits a range of flowers.

The clear differences between the male and female of this moth led them to be originally described as separate species. The female is smaller than the male with orange-red veins on the forewing and usually a greater degree of black on the hindwing.

The male flies in sunshine and is easily disturbed by day.  The female is sometimes found at rest on vegetation by day but seems to fly very infrequently.  Both sexes are active at night. The caterpillars can be found from July to the following April or May.

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