Zygaena filipendulae

Posted by Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 9 July 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Zygaena filipendulae (NL: Sint-jansvlinder, Bloeddropje / EN: Six-spot Burnet / DE: Sechsfleck-Widderchen, Blutströpfchen, FR: Zygène de la spirée, Zygène de la filipendule) is a day-flying moth of the family Zygaenidae. It is a common species throughout Europe. The sexes are similar and have a wingspan of 30–40 millimetres. The forewings are dark metallic green with 6 vivid red spots (sometimes the spots are merged causing possible confusion with other species such as Five-spot Burnet). Occasionally the spots are yellow or even black. The hindwings are red with a blackish fringe. The adults fly on hot, sunny days from June to August, and are attracted to a wide variety of flowers such as knapweed and scabious as well as the larval food plants bird's foot trefoil and clover. In this image the specimen is visiting Dactylorhiza praetermissa, a species of orchid. The species overwinters as a larva.

Image: Ranst (BE) – 07/06/2012

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Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Een prachtige compositie met een mooi kleurenpalet. Ik wens je een aangename dag.

9 Jul 2012 8:05am

LauraS from Chico, United States

Incredible shot of this brilliantly colored butterfly/moth with the red dots, against the bright pink flowers. Wonderful shot and share.

9 Jul 2012 3:52pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

gorgeous macro !
five stars !

9 Jul 2012 7:48pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & amazing!
so beautiful colors!!!

9 Jul 2012 8:49pm

dang from Atlanta, United States


10 Jul 2012 3:29am

This image has been featured in 2 Remix collections.

Favorite Flowers by LauraS

Favorite Butterfly Shots by dang

Canon EOS 400D
1/160 second
ISO 200
150 mm