Zygaena exulans on Nigritella rhellicani

Posted by Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 16 August 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Zygaena exulans (NL: - / EN: Mountain (or Scotch) Burnet / DE: Hochalpenwidderchen / FR: Zygène des sommets) is a moth of the Zygaenidae family. The species occurs in high altitude areas: the Alps, the Pyrenees, the Abruzzo, the Carpathians and Scotland. Zygaena exulans is the only Zygaena spec. in Central Europe, which is only found above the tree line, in Switzerland, even up to 3300 meters. Preferred habitats are alpine grasslands and boulder fields. The moths have a wingspan reaching 27 to 30 mm. On the front wing there are 5 red spots, one of them elongated: the spot at the wing root is wedge-shaped, the others are oval or round. The hind wings are red with a gray outer rim and black fringe. The body is (like many high-altitude species) provided with dense hairs. It is a very variable species. Characteristic is always the gray-brown ruff.

Image: Alp Buffalora (CH) - 03/07/2011

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