Burnet Moth ID

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Burnet Moth ID

Postby Susanne on Sun Oct 03, 2021 3:49 pm

5spot narrow bordered burnet moth or 6 spot burnet moth?

I was told (by a very experienced naturalist) that if the last spot on the wing was on the ‘inside’ edge then it was 6spot burnet - but I have never seen this given as ID criteria in a book or on the internet. Any thoughts?
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Re: Burnet Moth ID

Postby Greg on Mon Oct 04, 2021 8:41 pm

Hi Susanne,

The two spots side by side near the wing tip which are sometimes merged indicate the common Six-spot Burnet.
The other two common species Five-spot and Narrow-bordered Five-spot lack this feature. The only other species with similar but mostly with a merged wing tip spot is the Slender Scotch Burnet, found only in the Inner Hebrides.
So your specimen is a Six-spot Burnet.


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Re: Burnet Moth ID

Postby Susanne on Mon Oct 04, 2021 9:32 pm

Thank you for the clarification.
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