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6 Spot Burnett Cat 7524

Observed: 20th June 2011 By: Wildlife Ranger
Freshwater Environment & Ecology Trust
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Caterpillar of the 6 Spot Burnet observed from Cat stage to Adult Yellow and Black striped

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Six-spot Burnet (Zygaena filipendulae) interacts


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you rear this individual? your comment suggests you might have. if so would be great to have photo of emerged adult as well. It looks rather long-haired for Z. filipendulae (ie the hairs on each segment overlap significantly with those on next, in filipendulae, while in normal resting position, the hairs on one segment should no more than reach the tips of the hairs on the adjacent see MBGBI vol 2 Plate 5). Have you taken hybrid into account? does the adult look at all unusual?

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David , in short I am sure as I can be I rechecked the emerging adults at the site and am confident the Adults where 6 spot The segments look if they are somehat contracted Re Overlap of Hair Segments. I agree the hairs are long as you say

I should have the adults on a hard drive for that location and will repost the adult Very valid points . I did not have a detailed taxonomical key but the speciment compares

Best wishes


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If there were no adults of any of the other burnet species at the site then six spot is very likely but several of the burnets can fly together (and emerge from pupae on adjacent plants) so I think I am going to be pedantic and not tick that I agree with the ID unless this specific larva was reared on.

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I agree with this

but call it caution rather than pedantry, although pedantry is a very useful characteristic in a naturalist. I think that in general not enough caution is practised in Zyganea identification, particularly trifolii/lonicerae.

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Must admit to being a bit lazy on trifolii/lonicerae myself, at least on my local site where five spot has never been recorded as a larva.

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trifolii larvae

seem to be very difficult to find. i spent a couple of years looking for them at the only confirmed site in Avon (decreta) but failed. Never looked for paustrella but suspect also difficult to find. it would be really good for someone with all three species close at hand to do some rearing taking lots of photos along the way. In most cases of on-line photos it is impossible to know if they were reared through. In my area trifolii has declined dramatically, an event that went almost un-noticed due to continual misidentification of adults.