Six-spot Burnet

Zygaena filipendulae


Wingspan 30 - 38mm. The fore-wings are dark, glossed with blue or green, with six red spots. The hind-wings are red with a narrow dark border. Normally found flying later in the summer than the Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet.


Sunny, grassy areas with vetches or trefoils for food plants for their larvae.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread throughout most of England, Wales and lowland Scotland. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons. The commonest of the day-flying Burnet Moths.

Best time to see

July to August.