Five-spot burnet moth

Zygaena trifolii

The Five-spot burnet moth is a very distinct species, being black with 5 red-pink spots on its wings.

It is quite common, and can be found in different habitats, such as woodland and grassland, on summer days.

Its colouration deters predators, such as birds, because it warns them that the moth is poisonous.

Females lay their eggs on common bird’s-foot trefoil, and this is where the caterpillars can be found feeding.

Look out for them in the meadows of Waun Las National Nature Reserve.

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