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My new favourite field has a healthy population of Burnet moths, some of which are 6-spot Burnets (Zygaena filipendulae) and the others could either be 5-spot Burnets (Zygaena trifolii) or Narrow-bordered 5-spot Burnets (Zygaena lonicerae) – it’s almost impossible to tell these latter two species apart. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been lucky enough to see almost every part of their life cycle – only the eggs have eluded me.

200701 1 5spot and 6spot

A 5-spot above, a 6-spot below

200701 2 6spot burnets

6-spot Burnets mating

Today I spotted this larva, looking very close to pupating, and, nearby, a very fresh-looking cocoon.

200701 5 6spot burnet

A freshly emerged 6-spot Burnet moth

200701 6 5spot burnet

A pristine 5-spot Burnet moth

200701 7 5spot burnet dead n ants

Death is always sad to see but, in this case, the moth will support the life cycle of other creatures.