The Moths of Suffolk
170 Five-spot Burnet, Zygaena trifolii, (Esper, 1783)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Uncertain. Records have been confirmed from the coastal area and the Brecks.

Habitats : Damp meadows,damp parts of heathland and marshes

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late June to July (although based on only a few records)

Larval foodplants : bird's-foot trefoils (Lotus)

Comments : Further work is required to determine the precise status of this species in the county both past and present.

Morley's Final Catalogue : Local at Ipswich, Felixstow, Beecles, Herringfleet and Tuddenham in 1890. Still abundant in restricted areas in at least Oulton Broad (Bedwell); Barnby Broad; Shipmeadow; Burgh Castle (Mr), Bradwell Doles and Blythburgh Wood.

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-19mm, Wingspan 30-40mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultNew Forest Burnet, Zygaena viciae
Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet, Zygaena lonicerae

Compare confusion species
    Adult

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Stubhampton, Dorset (vii.2004) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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ssp. decreta larval diapause larval diapause larval diapause larva larva larvapupaimago ovapupaimago ovalarvaimago larva larval diapause larval diapause larval diapause
ssp. palustrella larval diapause larval diapause larval diapause larvapupa ovapupaimago ovalarvaimago larva larva larva larval diapause larval diapause larval diapause

Further Photographs

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Mating pair of Z. trifolii decreta - Kingcombe, Dorset (vii.1999) © N Sherman