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Burnet moth

Observed: 25th June 2012 By: Nick UptonNick Upton’s reputation in InvertebratesNick Upton’s reputation in InvertebratesNick Upton’s reputation in InvertebratesNick Upton’s reputation in Invertebrates
Zygaena lonicerae/trifolii Burnett moth
Description:

This one had just emerged. One of many suddenly around at a chalk grassland site. I gather the Five-spot and Narrow-Bordered five-spot can't be separated in photos. Maybe it's the latter as it flies earlier and these are the first of the year and there are masses of clovers and vetch here. But can't be sure I guess..

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They can be split as larvae -

They can be split as larvae - NB5 has long hairs, 5 has short - so if you find one emerging, as here, you can check the shed larval skin in the cocoon to confirm the species

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Larval hairs

OK many thanks for the tip. The cocoon was on the same grass stem and I may even be able to find it again, so may get to check. I posted a larva shot recently from the same location http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/265716 which was up a grass stem about to pupate. The hairs on that look long... I assumed it was of a six spot then as they're common at this site, but maybe they take over later in the year...

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